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

Consultation & Feedback Hours (Semester 1, 2018-2019)

Mondays, 11-12

Wednesdays, 10-11

Thursdays, 1-2

  • If you would like to meet with me at another time, please email for an appointment.


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

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

SEL1012 - Language through Time: Introduction to the History of English (with Dr William van der Wurff) [undergraduate]

SEL1004 - Introduction to Literary Studies II (lectures on Beowulf) [undergraduate]

SEL2212 - Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties (module leader) (with Dr William van der Wurff and Dr Joel Wallenberg) [undergraduate]

SEL8361 - The Social History of English (module leader) (with Dr William van der Wurff and Dr Joel Wallenberg) [postgraduate]

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