Dr Rosamund Moon MA, PhD, PGCE

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Honorary Research Fellow

My research and specialist teaching is primarily in the broad field of lexis and also lexicography.


I have a BA and MA from the University of Exeter, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.


Before joining the Department as a lecturer in 1999, I worked for twenty years in publishing as a lexicographer. I was part of the original team on the Cobuild project (HarperCollins and the University of Birmingham), which pioneered the use of corpus data in dictionary-making, and I also worked for Oxford University Press on the Second Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, and on the Hector project, a collaboration between OUP and Digital Equipment Corporation.


My main research areas are lexis in general (including phraseology,collocation, and idioms), lexicography and dictionary-making, and figurative language – also discourse and ideological aspects of language, particularly from a lexical point of view: my approaches are generally corpus-based or text-based.

Other activities

I was a member of the Executive Board for Euralex from 1996-2006, and Secretary-Treasurer from 2002-2006.


Amongst the conferences which I’ve helped organize at Birmingham are the 2002 meeting of the Poetics and Linguistics Association and the 2005, 2007, and 2011 Corpus Linguistics conferences. I have also been actively involved in the organization of the biennial congresses of Euralex, the European Association for Lexicography, held between 1998 and 2006.


Recent publications


Barnden, J, Lee, M, Littlemore, J, Moon, R, Philip, G & Wallington, A (eds) 2009, Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language: Colloquium Companion of a Corpus Linguistics 2009 Colloquium, Cognitive Science Research Paper CSRP-09-01. University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science.


Moon, R 2015, 'Idioms: a view from the web', International Journal of Lexicography, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 318-337. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecv023

Moon, R 2014, 'From gorgeous to grumpy: adjectives, age and gender', Gender and Language, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 5-41. https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.v8i1.5

Moon, R 2013, 'Braving synonymy: from data to dictionary', International Journal of Lexicography, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 260.

Moon, R 2011, 'English adjectives in -like, and the interplay of collocation and morphology', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 486-513. https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.16.4.03moo

Moon, R 2011, 'Simile and dissimilarity', Journal of Literary Semantics, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 133-157. https://doi.org/10.1515/jlse.2011.008

Caldas-Coulthard, C & Moon, R 2010, ''Curvy, hunky, kinky': Using corpora as tools for critical analysis', Discourse and Society, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 99-133. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926509353843

Moon, R 2008, 'Conventionalized as-similes in English: a problem case', International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 3-37. https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.13.1.03moo


Moon, R 2015, Explaining meaning in learners' dictionaries. in P Durkin (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 123-143.

Moon, R 2015, Multi-word items. in J Taylor (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Word. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 120.

Moon, R 2012, The distribution of idioms in English. in P Hanks & R Giora (eds), Metaphor and Figurative Language. vol. VI, Critical concepts in linguistics, Routledge.

Moon, R 2010, What can a corpus tell us about lexis? in M McCarthy & A O'Keeffe (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Routledge, Abingdon.

Moon, R 2010, Words that spring to mind: idiom, allusion, and convention. in G-M de Schryver (ed.), A Way with Words: Recent Advances in Lexical Theory and Analysis: A Festschrift for Patrick Hanks. Menha Publishers, Kampala and Ghent, pp. 243-266.

Moon, R 2009, The COBUILD Project. in A Cowie (ed.), The Oxford History of English Lexicography: Specialized Dictionaries. vol. II, Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Conference contribution

Moon, R 2014, Meanings, ideologies, and learners' dictionaries. in A Abel, C Vettori & N Ralli (eds), Proceedings of the XVI EURALEX International Congress: The User in Focus. EURALEX Proceedings, Bolzano/Bozen, pp. 85-105, XVI EURALEX International Congress: The User in Focus, Bolzano, Italy, 15/07/14.

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