Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Mearns

Lecturer in the History of the English Language



Percy Building, Room 3.12

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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]