4-55 Humanities Centre
MA, DPhil Oxford
Supervisory and research interests
I would be happy to supervise MA or PhD students in any of the following areas: lexicography; the history of learned texts in English or Latin; the history of the English language; early modern British literature and culture; the history of the book 1500–1800.
My undergraduate teaching regularly includes courses on the history and present state of the English language and on early modern British language and literature. I have recently taught senior seminars in lexicography and etymology, and graduate courses in 17th-century manuscripts, scholarly editing and the intellectual life of Restoration London.
Academy Dictionaries 1600-1800.
Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers
vol. 4: The Seventeenth Century
[collection of reprinted essays, with my introduction and index, and original chapters by me on the lexicography of the learned languages and of exotic languages]. Ashgate Publishing, 2012.
[With Sylvia Brown] The Ladies Dictionary (1694)
[facsimile with our introduction and index of sources]. Ashgate Publishing, 2010.
Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage
. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
I have recently completed a book about small dictionaries and curiosity in Europe from the end of the Middle Ages to about 1800, and am now writing the first volume of a new history of British lexicography from 1500 to 1800.