Terry Walker

Professor|Professor

  • Professional title: Professor
  • Academic title: Professor
  • Department: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSV)
  • Telephone: 010-1427973
  • Email: terry.walker@miun.se
  • Room number: MF420
  • Location: Sundsvall
  • Employee in the subject: English

Background

I am Professor of English Linguistics at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. I completed my PhD in English Linguistics in 2005 at Uppsala University, where I collaborated on the project A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760. Together with Professor Merja Kytö (Uppsala University) and Dr Peter J. Grund (University of Kansas), I have edited An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560–1760. My particular interest in this historical period began when I did my Bachelor of Arts degree in Post-Renaissance European History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. My publications include a monograph, two co-authored books, three edited collections, and a number of articles and book chapters on historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and computer-assisted language learning.

Area of interest

Corpus linguistics, historical linguistics, philology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and computer-assisted language learning

Research

I am working with Merja Kytö on several studies of language change in Early Modern English. In 2019 we wrote two articles, which we presented at conferences in June 2019: one has been published in 2020 and the other has been accepted for publication. We are currently working on two further articles, to be presented at conferences in 2021 and 2022. A further article “L’interaction orale du passé : A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760” was published in the journal Langages in 2020.

Research work with Peter J. Grund concerns how speech is presented in writing in witness depositions from England during the period 1560-1760. We have written an article entitled “‘speaking base approbious words’: Speech Representation in Early Modern English Witness Depositions”, which was published in the Journal of Historical Pragmatics (18: 1) in 2017. We have also completed another study entitled “Free indirect speech, slipping, or a system in flux? Exploring the continuum between direct and indirect speech in Early Modern English”, a draft of which was presented in August 2016 at the workshop “The Dynamics of Speech Representation in the History of English”, which we organised at the University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany. The papers from the workshop were published as an edited volume by Oxford University Press in 2020, with Peter J. Grund and myself as editors. We are currently investigating speech-reporting expressions in Early Modern English: one article has already been published in 2020, and we will extend this study in a further article.

I recently organized a symposium “Incorporating Corpora in Teaching”, together with Associate Professor Rachel Allan (Mid-Sweden University), which was held online (in Zoom) on Friday 23 October 2020. Please contact me if you would like access to the recordings etc. from the symposium.

I am working on two NJES special issues of the Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES): “Data-Driven Learning: Tools, Approaches, and Next Steps” (which is related to the symposium we held in October 2020) with Rachel Allan with Virginia Langum (Umeå University), and “Medical Humanities and English Studies” with Virginia Langum.

I am also working on a chapter entitled “Courtroom evidence and the language of law” for "Volume II: Documentation, sources of data and modelling" of the forthcoming 6-volume series The New Cambridge History of the English Language.

My latest project, with Erik Smitterberg (Uppsala University), is a book entitled "Corpus Linguistics for Language Change: Studying the History of English" for the Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides series, to be submitted in 2022.

Teaching and tutoring

I teach courses in subject didactics, business English, grammar, English proficiency, linguistics and language history at undergraduate level. I also teach language history and corpus linguistics at MA and PhD level, and have taught MA and PhD courses in pragmatics, semantics and syntax. I supervise undergraduate and MA dissertations in English linguistics, and have also supervised a number of doctoral theses in English linguistics.

Other information

I was President of SWESSE (The Swedish Society for the Study of English) for two terms, from May 2017 to April 2021.

As of January 2021 I am co-editor (with Virginia Langum) of the Nordic Journal of English Studies.

Publications

Articles in journals

Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2020). A Standardization Process in its Final Stages : Mine and Thine in A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760. International Journal of English Studies (IJES), vol. 20: 2, pp. 95-116.  

Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2020). L’interaction orale du passé : A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760. Langages, vol. 217, pp. 55-69.

Walker, T. & Allan, R. (2018). Bridging the gap between university and upper secondary school English studies : The ULE project. ICAME Journal/International Computer Archive of Modern English, vol. 42: 1, pp. 191-212.    

Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2018). Introduction. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, vol. 19: 2, pp. 161-166.  

Walker, T. (2017). “he saith yt he thinkes yt : Linguistic Factors Influencing Third Person Singular Present Tense Verb Inflection in Early Modern English Depositions. Studia Neophilologica, vol. 89: 1, pp. 133-146.  

Walker, T. & Grund, P. J. (2017). “Speaking base approbious words” : Speech Representation in Early Modern English Witness Depositions. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, vol. 18: 1, pp. 1-29.  

Walker, T. & Kytö, M. (2013). Features of layout and other visual effects in the source manuscripts of An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560–1760 (ETED). Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, vol. 14

Walker, T. (2012). Examining the evidence: the witch-trials at the Bury Assize, 1645. Studia Neophilologica, vol. 1: sup1, pp. 156-171.  

Deutschmann, M. , Ädel, A. , Garretson, G. & Walker, T. (2009). Introducing Mini-McCALL: A pilot version of the Mid-Sweden Corpus of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.. ICAME journal, : 33, pp. 21-44.

Kytö, M. , Grund, P. & Walker, T. (2007). English Witness Depositions 1560-1760 : An Electronic Text Edition. ICAME Journal/International Computer Archive of Modern English, : 31, pp. 65-85.    

Kytö, M. , Grund, P. & Walker, T. (2007). Regional variation and the language of English witness depositions 1560-1760 : constructing a 'linguistic' edition in electronic form. Towards Multimedia in Corpus Studies, vol. 2

Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2003). The linguistic study of Early Modern English speech-related texts : how "bad" can "bad" data be?. Journal of English Linguistics, vol. 31: 3, pp. 221-248.  

Walker, T. & Claridge, C. (2001). Causal clauses in written and speech-related genres in Early Modern English. ICAME JOURNAL Computers in English Linguistics, : 25, pp. 31-64.

Articles, book reviews

Walker, T. (2005). Review of Ulrich Busse. Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus : Morphosyntactic Variability of Second Person Pronouns.. Journal of historical pragmatics, vol. 6: 2, pp. 324-327.

Books

Grund, P. J. , Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2011). Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England : Including CD-ROM: An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560-1760 (ETED). Amsterdam and Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company

Walker, T. (2007). THOU and YOU in Early Modern English Dialogues : Trials, Depositions, and Drama Comedy. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 158).

Kytö, M. & Walker, T. (2006). Guide to a Corpus of English Dialogues 1560 -1760. Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis (Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia 130).

Chapters in books

Walker, T. & Grund, P. J. (2020). Free Indirect Speech, Slipping, or a System in Flux Exploring the Continuum between Direct and Indirect Speech in Early Modern English. In Speech Representation in the History of English : Topics and Approaches. Oxford : Oxford University Press (Oxford Studies in the History of English). pp. 156-182.

Walker, T. & Grund, P. J. (2020). Saying, crying, replying, and continuing : Speech reporting expressions in Early Modern English. In Voices Past and Present: Studies of Involved, Speech-related and Spoken Texts. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 63-78.  

Grund, P. J. & Walker, T. (2020). Speech Representation in the History of English: Introduction. In Speech Representation in the History of English : Topics and Approaches. Oxford : Oxford University Press (Oxford Studies in the History of English). pp. 1-28.

Walker, T. (2016). Third-person present singular verb inflection in Early Modern English : New evidence from speech-related texts. In The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). pp. 460-480.

Walker, T. & Kytö, M. (2012). The linguistic study of Early Modern English speech-related texts: How ‘bad’ can ‘bad’ data be?. In Corpus Linguistics : Volume Four: Methods and Applications. Sage Publications (Sage Benchmarks in Language and Linguistics). pp. 55-80.

Grund, P. & Walker, T. (2006). The subjunctive in adverbial clauses in nineteenth-century English.. In Nineteenth-century English : stability and change. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press (Studies in English Language). pp. 89-109.

Walker, T. (2002). You and thou in Early Modern English dialogues : patterns of usage. In Diachronic Perspectives in Address Term Systems. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series). pp. 446-.

Walker, T. (2000). The choice of second person singular pronouns in authentic and constructed dialogue in late sixteenth century English.. In Corpus linguistics and linguistic theory : papers from the Twentieth International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 20) , Freiburg im Breisgau 1999. Amsterdam : Rodopi (Language and computers). pp. 395-.

Walker, T. (1999). The influence of class, gender and age on attitudes to standard and non-standard English : are the patterns changing? A Norwich case study.. In Proceedings from the 7th Nordic Conference on English Studies : Nordic Conference for English Studies. Turku : University of Turku (Anglicana Turkuensia). pp. 409-.

Collections (editor)

Grund, P. (ed.) & Walker, T. (ed.) (2020). Speech Presentation in the History of English : Topics and Approaches. Oxford : Oxford University Press (Oxford Studies in the History of English ).

Kytö, M. (ed.) & Walker, T. (ed.) (2018). Dialogues in Diachrony : Celebrating Historical Corpora of Speech-related Texts. John Benjamins Publishing Company (Journal of Historical Pragmatics 19:2).  

Walker, T. (ed.) & Kytö, M. (ed.) (2017). Texts from Speech and Speech in Texts : Special Issue of the Nordic Journal of English Studies. Gothenburg : University of Gothenburg (Nordic Journal of English Studies 16(1)).  

Doctoral theses, monographs

Walker, T. (2005). Second Person Singular Pronouns in Early Modern English Dialogues 1560-1760. Dis. Uppsala : Uppsala Universitet, Engelska institutionen, 2005