Professor Lynda Mugglestone

Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature, Professor of the History of English

Teaching activities

Teaching Activities

I teach English language from Old English to the present day, and literature in Old English and Middle English, as well as a range of language orientated topics, from Chaucer to electronic discourse, as well as third year options on dictionaries and dictionary-making, and on modern English language. On the Faculty side, I usually teach on the Masters in English Language, and relevant aspects of Course II, covering Engilsh language and its use from 1400-present day.


Recent Lecture Courses (for undegratuates and graduate courses) include:

Language of specific authors, including Chaucer, Johnson, Dryden, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens.

Writing Language and Identity in Victorian Fiction

Dialect in Literature: representing the regional.

The Language of Advertising

English 1400-1800: History, Use, and Context
 

 

Detailed Biography

    Teaching Activities

    I teach English language from Old English to the present day, and literature in Old English and Middle English, as well as a range of language orientated topics, from Chaucer to electronic discourse, as well as third year options on dictionaries and dictionary-making, and on modern English language.


    Recent Lecture Courses include:

    Language of specific authors, including Chaucer, Johnson, Dryden, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens.

    Writing Language and Identity in Victorian Fiction

    Dialect in Literature: representing the regional.

    The Language of Advertising

    English 1400-1800: History, Use, and Context
     

     

    • Recent Publications include:

     

    Books:

    • 2nd Edition of Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (2003), and the new revised and extended paperback (2007)
    • Revised (paperback) edn Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (2002)
    • Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2005)
    • The Oxford History of English (ed.), (OUP, 2006) Paperback edn. Sept 2008. A new and updated edition appeared in late 2012.
    • Dictionaries. A Very Short Introduction. (OUP, 2011)
    • Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Ed. Lynda Mugglestone and Freya Johnston (Oxford University Press, 2012)
    1. Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words (Oxford University Press, 201)

    Book Chapters:

      • 'Prescribed conflicts: James Murray and the Writing of the OED' In K. Lentz and R. Mohlig (eds.),Of Diversity and Change of Language (Heidelberg, 2002)
      • 'Sheridan in the Schoolroom'. In F. Austin and C. Stray (eds.). The Teaching of English in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Essays for Ian Michael on his 88th Birthday. (2003). pp.22-28.
      • 'Proof and Process: The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary'. In Insights into Late Modern English eds. Charles Jones, Maurizio Gotti, Maria Dossena. (Peter Lang, 2003), pp. 107-130.
      • 'Departures and Returns. Writing the English Dictionary in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition eds. F. O'Gorman and K. Turner (Ashgate, London): pp.144-162.
      • 'Politics and English Dictionaries'. The Encyclopaedia of Literature and Politics (Greenwood Press) ed. M. Keith Booker.
      • Articles on 'John Walker', 'Thomas Sheridan', 'Academies Laying Down a Standard through Their Dictionaries', in The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edn. (Pergamon, 2006).
      • 'A History of the English Language?'. In L.C. Mugglestone (ed.), The Oxford History of English (OUP, 2006), pp.1-6.
      • 'English in the Nineteenth Century'. In L.C. Mugglestone (ed.), The Oxford History of English (OUP, 2006), pp.274-304.
      • 'Accent as Social Symbol'. In Changing English eds. D. Graddol. D/ Leith, J. Swann, M. Rhys, J. Gillen (London: Routledge, 2007), 153-78.
      • 'The Indefinable Something'. Taboo and the English Dictionary', in Rude Britannia ed. M. Gorji (London: Routledge, 2007), 22-32.
      • 'The Rise of Received Pronunciation'. In M. Matto and H. Momma, Blackwell Companion to the History of the English Language. (Oxford: Blackwells, 2008), pp.243-50.
      • 'BBC English. In the Beginning'. In: Schwyter, Jürg Rainer; Maillat, Didier; Mair, Christian (eds). Broadcast English. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 33, G. Narr, Tübingen (2008), pp.197-215.
      • 'The Oxford English Dictionary; 1857-1928'. In A. Cowie (ed.), The Oxford History of Lexicography. 2 vols. (OUP, 2008), Vol.I pp.230-60.
      • ''Living History': Andrew Clark, the OED and the Language of the First World War'. In I. Tieken Boon van Ostade and Wim van der Wurff (eds.), Current Issues in Late Modern English. Peter Lang (2009), pp. 229-249.
      • 'Registering the language - dictionaries, diction, and the art of elocution'. In Raymond Hickey (ed.) Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2010), pp.309-338.
      • Benjamin Smart and Michael Faraday; The Principles and Practice of Talking Proper in Nineteenth-Century England'. Forthcoming in M. Adams and A. Curzan (eds.) Contours of English and English Language Studies: In Honor of Richard W. Bailey. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2011), pp.87-107.
      • Johnson's Dictionary'. In J. Lynch, Johnson in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
      • Internet publication; 'Nineteenth-Century English - an overview' at www.oed.com (2011): http://ezproxy.ouls.ox.ac.uk:2277/public/nineteenthcenturyenglish
      • 'A journey through spin', Guest blog for OXfordWords blog. http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/
      • 'The Oxford English Dictionary'. In Die großen Lexika Europas (Great European Lexicons: European Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias) ed. U. Hass. Mouton de Gruyter, 2011
      • 'Johnson's Pendulum; Introducion'. [With Freya Johnston]. In Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.1-10.
      • 'The Battle of the Word-Books: Competition, the 'Common Reader,' and Johnson's Dictionary'. In Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.140-153.
      • 'Received Pronunciation'. In A. Bergs and L. Brinton (eds.), Historical Linguistics of English, Mouton de Gruyter (2012).
      • 'Patriotism, Empire, and Cultural Prescriptivism: Images of Anglicity in the OED'. In Carol Percy and Mary Catherine Davidson, The Languages of Nation. Attitudes and Norms. (2012), pp.175-191.
      • 'Johnson's Dictionary'. In J. Lynch (ed.), Johnson in Context (CUP,2012)
      • 'The OED and the Victorian Novel'. In L. Rodensky (ed.). The Oxford Companion to the Victorian Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. pp.147-65.
      • "Life-Writing": The Lexicographer as Biographer in the Oxford English Dictionary'. In Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3) edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö (Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA, 2013): 14-26.
        ISBN 978-1-57473-455-3
      • 'The Literature of Categorization and Organization 1700-1830'. Forthcoming in R. de Maria (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to British Literature. The Long Eighteenth Century 1660-1830.
      • 'Prescription and Description in Dictionaries'. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography.ed. P. Durkin (Oxford University Press) -- expected pub date 2013)
      • 'Writing the Dictionary of the English Language: Johnson's Journey into Words'. Forthcoming in Howard Weinbrot (ed.), Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century (Huntington Library Press in conjunction with the University of California Press, 2013)
      • '“The Illusions of History”: Words in Time and the OED'. Forthcoming in G. Iamartino and M. Sturiale (eds) English Words in Motion Polimetrica International Scientific Publisher. (2012)

      Articles:

        • 'Metrosexual and Other Blends'. The English Review. Vol.15 (2005), pp.28-30.
        • 'Describing the English Language in the Oxford English Dictionary'. Forthcoming in Proceedings of the Queen's English Society.
        • ''Decent Reticence': Coarseness, Contraception, and the First Edition of the OED.' Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Vol. 28 (2007) pp.1-22.
        • 'Samuel Johnson the Undergraduate', Transactions of the Johnson Society (2008), pp.5-11.
        • 'The Dictionary as Watch' . The New Rambler. Journal of the Johnson Society of London 2007-8. [2010], pp.70-77.
        • 'Acts of Representation: Writing the 'Woman Question' in the Oxford English Dictionary', Forthcoming in Dictionaries (June 2013)

        Review Articles:

        • 'Much intoxication but little restraint. Reconstructing history through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary'. Review article on Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary eds. Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels, Irené Wotherspoon. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In Language and History. November 2010, p. 138-143.
        • 'The First English Dictionary of Slang'. In The Bodleian Library Record, 2012.

        Podcasts:

        • podcasts.ox.ac.uk/babbling-dialect-france-loanwords-french-and-joh...
          Babbling a Dialect of France: Loanwords, French, and Johnson's Dictionary. Posted: 13 Feb 2012
        • podcasts.ox.ac.uk/hard-words-best-words-words-use-writing-invento...
          9 Oct 2012 - Hard words, best word, words in use, writing the inventory of English.

        Blogposts

        Other Activities

        • Language consultant on Victorian phonetics for production of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde, Oxford Theatre Company, Old Fire Station, December 2003.
        • Convenor of 'Celebrating Johnson 1755-2005', a three-day conference held at Pembroke College, Oxford, 26th-28th August 2005.
        • President of Johnson Society of Lichfield, 2007-8
        • Convenor of 'Johnson at Three Hundred', a tercentenary conference to be held at Pembroke in September 2009
        • Convenor, 'Johnson and Shakespeare', a conference to be held at Pembroke College in 2015
        • Convenor of Oxford HEL-LEX, a conference on historical lexicography to be held at Pembroke College in 2015

        Recent papers and presentations include:

        • Paper on Language and lexicography at the University of Sheffield (Nov 2003)
        • Paper presented at the History and Philology Seminar, Oxford University, January 2004:'Hidden Histories. Crafting the Oxford English Dictionary'
        • Paper 'Language and Literary Language', Oxford University English Faculty Open Day, March 2004.
        • 'The Oxford English Dictionary - Histories and History'. Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2004. Exeter College, July 2004.
        • 'The Indefinable Something - Rude English and the Dictionary'. Day conference 'Incivility and English Identity, 1740 to the Present'. Faculty of English, University of Oxford. July 2004.
        • 'Gardener's Question Time - for Language'. Cheltenham Literature Festival, October 2004. With Michael Rosen. To be broadcast as part of special edition of Word of Mouth, New Year's Day 2005.
        • 'Describing Language; the Duties of the Lexicographer in the OED'. Paper presented at the Queen's English Society, Senate House, London, 23rd October 2004.
        • Paper 'Is there a Literary Language?', Oxford University English Faculty Open Day, March 2005.
        • 'The Hidden Histories of the English Dictionary', English UK conference, May 26th 2005.
        • 'Hidden Histories: Making the Oxford English Dictionary', Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2005. Exeter College, Oxford, July 2005.
        • 'Samuel Johnson and Pembroke College; The early History of a Lexicographer'. Paper presented at 'Celebrating Johnson's Dictionary 1755-2005', Aug 26th-28th 2005, Pembroke College, Oxford.
        • Keynote speaker at 'Broadcast English: Past, Present, and Future', University of Lausanne June 14-16 2006. Paper presented: ''In the Beginnings': The Early BBC and its Attitudes to Language
        • 'Redefining the English Dictionary: Samuel Johnson, James Murray, and the Oxford English Dictionary. Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2006. Exeter College, Oxford, July 2006.
        • '“Shining a farthing candle at Dover” - Samuel Johnson and Thomas Sheridan'. Paper presented at 'Samuel Johnson and the Theatre', Pembroke College, Oxford, 21-23rd June 2007.
        • 'The Inventory of English: The Oxford English Dictionary'. Oxford University Summer Programme in English Literature, July 2007.
        • 'Living History'-Andrew Clark, the OED, and the Language of the First World War'. Plenary lecture presented in Leiden, Sept 2007, at the Third Late Modern English Conference.
        • Presidential Address, Johnson Society of Lichfield. 'Johnson the Undergraduate'. September 2007.
        • Invited speaker at 'Researching the OED'. 'The Inventory of English'. Day conference at Rewley House, 15 March 2008
        • Invited speaker. 'The Dictionary as Watch', the Johnson Society of London, 12 April 2008
        • Invited plenary speaker at 'Words in Time', an international conference on language and socio-cultural change, Sicily May 2008
        • Chair at panel discussion (with Simon Winchester, John Simpson, Ammon Shea) at OED 80th Birthday Event, Oxford: Divinity School, 14th October 2008.
        • Invited speaker at the Langwidge Sandwich seminar ('Dictionaries, the OED, and the Illusions of History), University of Manchester 2008
        • Invited speaker. Dialect Representation: policies, practices, problems. Sheffield, August 2009.
        • ''Patriotism, Empire, and Cultural Prescriptivism: Images of Anglicity in the OED'. Plenary lecture delivered at 'Patriotism and Prescriptivism', University of Toronto, August 2009
        • 'The Battle of the Word-books; competition, the 'common reader', and Johnson's Dictionary'. Paper delivered at 'Johnson at 300', Pembroke College, Oxford, September 2009.
        • Invited workshop speaker. Dialect Representation: policies, practices, problems. Sheffield, September 2009.
        • Special guest lecture: ''Pronounced Distinctions', Accent, identity, and the History of Received Pronunciation' University of Mainz, Germany. November 2009
        • ''Crocodiles and Canoes: What do Dictionaries Really do ?'. Guest lecture, Oxbridge Academic Programme, July 12 2010
        • 'Decolonizing the Dictionary; Narratives of race and Empire in the OED', ICHLL5, the Fifth International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, 16th-18th June 2010. St. Anne's College, Oxford.
        • 'Evolving Language, Evolving Dictionaries'. Public lecture given as part of the British Library's Evolving English exhibition, Monday Jan 31st.
        • Guest speaker at UCL Summer Course in English Phonetics, August 4 2011: 'Pronounced Distinctions: the History of Received Pronunciation'
        • Associated publicity appearances and talks connected to Dictionaries; A Very Short Introduction e.g. Woodstock Literary Festival, Sept 2011; Oxford Literary Festival, April 2012.
        • Special guest lectures at Department of Philology, University of Seville, November 2011: Redefining the Dictionary-From the Renaissance to the OED', 'Pronounced Distinctions'-RP 1800-2011'
        • Plenary speaker at HEL-LEX 3 conference, 7-10 March 2012, Finland.
        • 'Samuel Johnson: Journey into Words'. Invited speaker at Samuel Johnson Society of America, April 12-14, 2012, the University of Notre Dame.
        • Invited Speaker, Johnson's House in London, May 2012. 'Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words'
        • Oxford Literary Festival, March 2013
        • Invited plenary speaker, Xth International School on Lexicography (Ivanovo, September 12-14, 2013)

        Broadcasting: Recent appearances include

        • 'Night Waves'. BBC Radio 3. Review of first night of new production of Pygmalion (dir. Peter Hall), the Old Vic. 15th May 2008.
        • 'Samuel Johnson'. BBC Proms Extra - August 12th 2009. Discussion and recording with Ian McMillan and Matthew Parris, with live audience, at Royal College of Music, London. Broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC 2.
        • 'RIP RP'. Radio 4 Archive Hour. With Melvyn Bragg. July 6th 2011.
        • 'Darkling' -- The Verb, Nov 25th 2011 (BBC Radio 3)
        • Radio Oxford, Breakfast show, 19th Jan 2012 - Talking proper and popular elocution today
        • Radio Stoke, Breakfast show, 19th Jan 2012 -- Talking proper and popular elocution today
        • Taboo - language and obscenity', Night Wwaves, BBC Radio 4, 28 May 2012.
        • 'Inappropriate - the problem of plain English'. Night Waves, BBC Radio 4, 11th March 2013.

        College & university roles and committees

        Member of:

        • Governing Body (Pembroke)
        • Standing Committee (Pembroke)
        • News UK Liaison Committee (English Faculty)
        • History of the Language Committee (English Faculty)

        Faculty Positions:

        • Chair of FHS English and History
        • Undergraduate Studies Committee

        Affiliations

        • Faculty of English Language and Literature
        • Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics
        • Member of Dictionary Society of North America

        Research interests

        My research focuses on three main issues - (1) the history of the spoken language, especially in the nineteenth century. (2) metalexicography and the cultural, social, as well as linguistic history of dictionaries (3) language change and WW1. The role of language as social institution provides the hinge between the three; my work on nineteenth-century language has investigated a range of aspects of social thinking about language, most prominently perhaps in the rise of the peculiarly English obsession with accent, discussed in Talking Proper. The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (the 2nd revised paperback edition of which came out in 2007). In my recent work on dictionaries, I have similarly been engaged in looking at aspects of  social formation - especially on what is left out alongside what is sanctioned for inclusion. I explored this in part in Lexicography and the OED. Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest, and it forms a main theme in my book on the Oxford English Dictionary (Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the OED), which was published by Yale University Press in 2005. In 2006 the Oxford History of English, published by Oxford University Press finally reached completion; the paperback edition of this appeared in the autumn of 2008, and a further revised edition in late 2012. In 2011, I published Dictionaries. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), as well as completing a book (Samuel Johnson; The Arc of the Pendulum) with Freya Johnson, a Fellow at St.Anne's, which was published by Oxford University Press in late 2012. A further book on Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words, was completed in 2014, and will be published by Oxford University Press in the summer of 2015.  My new project focusses on the intersections of language and history in examining language change in WW1. Based on the papers on Andrew Clark and the Words in WarTime archive, this is running as a blog between 2014-2018  and can be found at wordsinwartime.wordpress.com.

        Publications

        • Recent Publications include:

        Books:

        • 2nd Edition of Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (2003), and the new revised and extended paperback (2007)
        • Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2005)
        • The Oxford History of English (ed.), (OUP, 2006). A new and updated edition appeared in late 2012.
        • Dictionaries. A Very Short Introduction. (OUP, 2011)
        • Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Ed. Lynda Mugglestone and Freya Johnston (Oxford University Press, 2012
        • Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words (Oxford University Press, 2015)

        Book Chapters:

          • 'A History of the English Language?'. In L.C. Mugglestone (ed.), The Oxford History of English (OUP, 2006, 2012), pp.1-6.
          • 'English in the Nineteenth Century'. In L.C. Mugglestone (ed.), The Oxford History of English (OUP, 2006, 2012), pp.274-304.
          • 'Accent as Social Symbol'. In Changing English eds. D. Graddol. D/ Leith, J. Swann, M. Rhys, J. Gillen (London: Routledge, 2007), 153-78.
          • 'The Indefinable Something'. Taboo and the English Dictionary', in Rude Britannia ed. M. Gorji (London: Routledge, 2007), 22-32.
          • 'The Rise of Received Pronunciation'. In M. Matto and H. Momma, Blackwell Companion to the History of the English Language. (Oxford: Blackwells, 2008), pp.243-50.
          • 'BBC English. In the Beginning'. In: Schwyter, Jürg Rainer; Maillat, Didier; Mair, Christian (eds). Broadcast English. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 33, G. Narr, Tübingen (2008), pp.197-215.
          • 'The Oxford English Dictionary; 1857-1928'. In A. Cowie (ed.), The Oxford History of Lexicography. 2 vols. (OUP, 2008), Vol.I pp.230-60.
          • ''Living History': Andrew Clark, the OED and the Language of the First World War'. In I. Tieken Boon van Ostade and Wim van der Wurff (eds.), Current Issues in Late Modern English. Peter Lang (2009), pp. 229-249.
          • 'Registering the language - dictionaries, diction, and the art of elocution'. In Raymond Hickey (ed.) Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2010), pp.309-338.
          • Benjamin Smart and Michael Faraday; The Principles and Practice of Talking Proper in Nineteenth-Century England'. Forthcoming in M. Adams and A. Curzan (eds.) Contours of English and English Language Studies: In Honor of Richard W. Bailey. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2011), pp.87-107.
          • Internet publication; 'Nineteenth-Century English - an overview' at www.oed.com (2011): http://ezproxy.ouls.ox.ac.uk:2277/public/nineteenthcenturyenglish
          • 'A journey through spin', Guest blog for OXfordWords blog. http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/
          • 'The Oxford English Dictionary'. In Die großen Lexika Europas (Great European Lexicons: European Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias) ed. U. Hass. Mouton de Gruyter, 2011
          • 'Johnson's Pendulum; Introducion'. [With Freya Johnston]. In Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.1-10.
          • 'The Battle of the Word-Books: Competition, the 'Common Reader,' and Johnson's Dictionary'. In Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum. Eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.140-153.
          • 'Received Pronunciation'. In A. Bergs and L. Brinton (eds.), Historical Linguistics of English, Mouton de Gruyter (2012).
          • 'Patriotism, Empire, and Cultural Prescriptivism: Images of Anglicity in the OED'. In Carol Percy and Mary Catherine Davidson, The Languages of Nation. Attitudes and Norms. (2012), pp.175-191.
          • 'Johnson's Dictionary'. In J. Lynch (ed.), Johnson in Context (CUP, 2012)
          • 'The OED and the Victorian Novel'. In L. Rodensky (ed.). The Oxford Companion to the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). pp.147-65.
          • "Life-Writing": The Lexicographer as Biographer in the Oxford English Dictionary'. In Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3) edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö (Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA, 2013): 14-26.
          • 'The Literature of Categorization and Organization 1700-1830'. In R. DeMaria (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to British Literature. The Long Eighteenth Century 1660-1830.
          • 'Writing the Dictionary of the English Language: Johnson's Journey into Words'. Forthcoming in Howard Weinbrot (ed.), Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century (Huntington Library Press in conjunction with the University of California Press, 2013)
          • '“The Illusions of History”: Words in Time and the OED'. Forthcoming in G. Iamartino and M. Sturiale (eds) English Words in Motion Polimetrica International Scientific Publisher. (2012)

          Articles:

            • ''Decent Reticence': Coarseness, Contraception, and the First Edition of the OED.' Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Vol. 28 (2007) pp.1-22.
            • 'Samuel Johnson the Undergraduate', Transactions of the Johnson Society (2008), pp.5-11.
            • 'The Dictionary as Watch' . The New Rambler. Journal of the Johnson Society of London 2007-8. [2010], pp.70-77.
            • 'Acts of Representation: Writing the 'Woman Question' in the Oxford English Dictionary', Dictionaries (June 2014)
            • For the wide range of articles under the Words in Wartime project, please see wordsinwartime.wordpress.com

            Review Articles:

            • 'Much intoxication but little restraint. Reconstructing history through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary'. Review article on Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary eds. Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels, Irené Wotherspoon. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In Language and History. November 2010, p. 138-143.
            • 'The First English Dictionary of Slang'. In The Bodleian Library Record, 2012.

            Podcasts:

            • podcasts.ox.ac.uk/babbling-dialect-france-loanwords-french-and-joh...
              Babbling a Dialect of France: Loanwords, French, and Johnson's Dictionary. Posted: 13 Feb 2012
            • podcasts.ox.ac.uk/hard-words-best-words-words-use-writing-invento...
              9 Oct 2012 - Hard words, best word, words in use, writing the inventory of English.

            Blogposts

            Other Activities

            • Language consultant on Victorian phonetics for production of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde, Oxford Theatre Company, Old Fire Station, December 2003.
            • Convenor of 'Celebrating Johnson 1755-2005', a three-day conference held at Pembroke College, Oxford, 26th-28th August 2005.
            • President of Johnson Society of Lichfield, 2007-8
            • Convenor of 'Johnson at Three Hundred', a tercentenary conference to be held at Pembroke in September 2009
            • Convenor, 'Johnson and Shakespeare', a conference to be held at Pembroke College in 2015
            • Convenor of Oxford HEL-LEX, a conference on historical lexicography to be held at Pembroke College in 2015

            Recent papers and presentations include:

            • Paper on Language and lexicography at the University of Sheffield (Nov 2003)
            • Paper presented at the History and Philology Seminar, Oxford University, January 2004:'Hidden Histories. Crafting the Oxford English Dictionary'
            • Paper 'Language and Literary Language', Oxford University English Faculty Open Day, March 2004.
            • 'The Oxford English Dictionary - Histories and History'. Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2004. Exeter College, July 2004.
            • 'The Indefinable Something - Rude English and the Dictionary'. Day conference 'Incivility and English Identity, 1740 to the Present'. Faculty of English, University of Oxford. July 2004.
            • 'Gardener's Question Time - for Language'. Cheltenham Literature Festival, October 2004. With Michael Rosen. To be broadcast as part of special edition of Word of Mouth, New Year's Day 2005.
            • 'Describing Language; the Duties of the Lexicographer in the OED'. Paper presented at the Queen's English Society, Senate House, London, 23rd October 2004.
            • Paper 'Is there a Literary Language?', Oxford University English Faculty Open Day, March 2005.
            • 'The Hidden Histories of the English Dictionary', English UK conference, May 26th 2005.
            • 'Hidden Histories: Making the Oxford English Dictionary', Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2005. Exeter College, Oxford, July 2005.
            • 'Samuel Johnson and Pembroke College; The early History of a Lexicographer'. Paper presented at 'Celebrating Johnson's Dictionary 1755-2005', Aug 26th-28th 2005, Pembroke College, Oxford.
            • Keynote speaker at 'Broadcast English: Past, Present, and Future', University of Lausanne June 14-16 2006. Paper presented: ''In the Beginnings': The Early BBC and its Attitudes to Language
            • 'Redefining the English Dictionary: Samuel Johnson, James Murray, and the Oxford English Dictionary. Paper presented at the Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education/ Summer Programme in Literature 2006. Exeter College, Oxford, July 2006.
            • '“Shining a farthing candle at Dover” - Samuel Johnson and Thomas Sheridan'. Paper presented at 'Samuel Johnson and the Theatre', Pembroke College, Oxford, 21-23rd June 2007.
            • 'The Inventory of English: The Oxford English Dictionary'. Oxford University Summer Programme in English Literature, July 2007.
            • 'Living History'-Andrew Clark, the OED, and the Language of the First World War'. Plenary lecture presented in Leiden, Sept 2007, at the Third Late Modern English Conference.
            • Presidential Address, Johnson Society of Lichfield. 'Johnson the Undergraduate'. September 2007.
            • Invited speaker at 'Researching the OED'. 'The Inventory of English'. Day conference at Rewley House, 15 March 2008
            • Invited speaker. 'The Dictionary as Watch', the Johnson Society of London, 12 April 2008
            • Invited plenary speaker at 'Words in Time', an international conference on language and socio-cultural change, Sicily May 2008
            • Chair at panel discussion (with Simon Winchester, John Simpson, Ammon Shea) at OED 80th Birthday Event, Oxford: Divinity School, 14th October 2008.
            • Invited speaker at the Langwidge Sandwich seminar ('Dictionaries, the OED, and the Illusions of History), University of Manchester 2008
            • Invited speaker. Dialect Representation: policies, practices, problems. Sheffield, August 2009.
            • ''Patriotism, Empire, and Cultural Prescriptivism: Images of Anglicity in the OED'. Plenary lecture delivered at 'Patriotism and Prescriptivism', University of Toronto, August 2009
            • 'The Battle of the Word-books; competition, the 'common reader', and Johnson's Dictionary'. Paper delivered at 'Johnson at 300', Pembroke College, Oxford, September 2009.
            • Invited workshop speaker. Dialect Representation: policies, practices, problems. Sheffield, September 2009.
            • Special guest lecture: ''Pronounced Distinctions', Accent, identity, and the History of Received Pronunciation' University of Mainz, Germany. November 2009
            • ''Crocodiles and Canoes: What do Dictionaries Really do ?'. Guest lecture, Oxbridge Academic Programme, July 12 2010
            • 'Decolonizing the Dictionary; Narratives of race and Empire in the OED', ICHLL5, the Fifth International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, 16th-18th June 2010. St. Anne's College, Oxford.
            • 'Evolving Language, Evolving Dictionaries'. Public lecture given as part of the British Library's Evolving English exhibition, Monday Jan 31st.
            • Guest speaker at UCL Summer Course in English Phonetics, August 4 2011: 'Pronounced Distinctions: the History of Received Pronunciation'
            • Associated publicity appearances and talks connected to Dictionaries; A Very Short Introduction e.g. Woodstock Literary Festival, Sept 2011; Oxford Literary Festival, April 2012.
            • Special guest lectures at Department of Philology, University of Seville, November 2011: Redefining the Dictionary-From the Renaissance to the OED', 'Pronounced Distinctions'-RP 1800-2011'
            • Plenary speaker at HEL-LEX 3 conference, 7-10 March 2012, Finland.
            • 'Samuel Johnson: Journey into Words'. Invited speaker at Samuel Johnson Society of America, April 12-14, 2012, the University of Notre Dame.
            • Invited Speaker, Johnson's House in London, May 2012. 'Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words'
            • Oxford Literary Festival, March 2013
            • Invited plenary speaker, Xth International School on Lexicography (Ivanovo, September 12-14, 2013)

            Broadcasting: Recent appearances include

            • 'Night Waves'. BBC Radio 3. Review of first night of new production of Pygmalion (dir. Peter Hall), the Old Vic. 15th May 2008.
            • 'Samuel Johnson'. BBC Proms Extra - August 12th 2009. Discussion and recording with Ian McMillan and Matthew Parris, with live audience, at Royal College of Music, London. Broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC 2.
            • 'RIP RP'. Radio 4 Archive Hour. With Melvyn Bragg. July 6th 2011.
            • 'Darkling' -- The Verb, Nov 25th 2011 (BBC Radio 3)
            • Radio Oxford, Breakfast show, 19th Jan 2012 - Talking proper and popular elocution today
            • Radio Stoke, Breakfast show, 19th Jan 2012 -- Talking proper and popular elocution today
            • Taboo - language and obscenity', Night Wwaves, BBC Radio 4, 28 May 2012.
            • 'Inappropriate - the problem of plain English'. Night Waves, BBC Radio 4, 11th March 2013.