School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Mearns

Lecturer in the History of the English Language



Percy Building, Room 3.12

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director (DPD) for Linguistics, English Language, and English Language & Literature

Director of Excellence in Learning & Teaching (DELT) [Interim]

Consultation & Feedback Hours

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BA English Language (1997), MA Anglo-Saxon Studies (1999), PhD (2003) - Newcastle


Research Interests

  • The history of the English language (especially the lexicon / lexical semantics)
  • Old English language and literature
  • Language variation and change in the North East of England
  • Corpus linguistic methods and corpus construction


Semester 1, 2020-2021

SEL2219 - Monsters, Misery and Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry (with Dr Aditi Nafde) [undergraduate]

SEL3341 - Old English: Texts and Translations (module leader) [undergraduate]

Semester 2, 2020-2021

SEL1004 - Introduction to Literary Studies II [undergraduate]

SEL1032 - Language Variation and Change: Dealing with Data [undergraduate]

SEL2212 - Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties (module leader) (with Dr William van der Wurff and Prof. Karen Corrigan) [undergraduate]

SEL8361 - The Social History of English (module leader) (with Dr William van der Wurff and Prof. Karen Corrigan) [postgraduate]

SEL8543 - Manuscript, Print, Digital (with Dr Ruth Connolly and Dr Aditi Nafde) [postgraduate / undergraduate]