Professor Jack Grieve PhD

Professor Jack Grieve

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Professor of Corpus Linguistics

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research focuses on understanding language variation and change through the quantitative analysis of large corpora of natural language data.


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University (2009)
  • MA in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University (2005)
  • BA in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University (2002)


I am from Vancouver and studied at Simon Fraser University and Northern Arizona University. Before moving to the University of Birmingham in 2017, I held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Leuven and a Lecturership in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University.


I have taught modules on corpus linguistics, English grammar, forensic linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised PhD students working on a range of topics, including corpus linguistics, dialectology, forensic linguistics, and sociolinguistics. I welcome applications from students working in any of these areas.

Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My main research interests are in corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and dialectology. I am especially interested in grammatical and lexical variation in the English language across time, space and communicative context. I also develop methods for quantitative linguistic analysis and authorship attribution.

Other activities

I consult on casework as a forensic linguist and I am on the editorial boards of the open access journal Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the open access book series Language Variation published by Language Science Press.


Recent publications


Grieve, J & Woodfield, H 2023, The Language of Fake News. Elements in Forensic Linguistics, Cambridge University Press.


Huang, H, Grieve, J, Jiao, L & Cai, Z 2024, 'Geographic structure of Chinese dialects: a computational dialectometric approach', Linguistics, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 937-976.

Morin, C & Grieve, J 2024, 'The semantics, sociolinguistics, and origins of double modals in American English: New insights from social media', PLoS ONE, vol. 19, no. 1, e0295799.

Ilbury, C, Grieve, J & Hall, D 2024, 'Using social media to infer the diffusion of an urban contact dialect: A case study of Multicultural London English', Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Woodin, G, Winter, B, Littlemore, J, Perlman, M & Grieve, J 2023, 'Large-scale patterns of number use in spoken and written English', Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

Grieve, J 2023, 'Register variation explains stylometric authorship analysis', Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, vol. 0, no. 0.

Grieve, J 2022, 'Situational diversity and linguistic complexity', Linguistics Vanguard, vol. 0, no. 0, 9.

Chiang, E, Nguyen, D, Towler, A, Hass, M & Grieve, J 2021, 'Linguistic analysis of suspected child sexual offenders’ interactions in a dark web image exchange chatroom', International Journal of Speech Language and the Law, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 129-161.

Grieve, J 2021, 'Observation, experimentation, and replication in linguistics', Linguistics, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 1343-1356.

Grieve, J, Emily, C, Clarke, I, Gideon, H, Heini, A, Nini, A & Waibel, E 2019, 'Attributing the Bixby Letter using n-gram tracing', Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 493–512.

Grieve, J, Montgomery, C, Nini, A, Murakami, A & Guo, D 2019, 'Mapping lexical dialect variation in British English using Twitter', Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 2, 11.

Clarke, I & Grieve, J 2019, 'Stylistic variation on the Donald Trump Twitter account: a linguistic analysis of tweets posted between 2009 and 2018', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 9, e0222062.

Chaeyoon, K, Reddy, S, Stanford, J, Wyschogrod, E & Grieve, J 2018, 'Bring on the crowd! Using online audio crowdsourcing for large-scale New England dialectology and acoustic sociophonetics', American Speech, pp. 1-38.

Grieve, J, Nini, A & Guo, D 2018, 'Mapping lexical innovation on American social media', Journal of English Linguistics, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 293-319.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Groom, N & Grieve, J 2019, The evolution of a legal genre: Rhetorical moves in British patent specifications, 1711 to 1860. in T Fanego & P Rodríguez-Puente (eds), Corpus-based research on variation in English legal discourse. vol. 91, John Benjamins Publishing, pp. 201-234.

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