Terry Walker

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I am Professor of English Linguistics and head of the English section 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, 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

Current research

I have organised the workshop “Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760: Research on Historical Corpora of Speech-related Texts” (21-22 April 2016) at Mid-Sweden University: the papers presented are included in a special issue of the Journal of Historical Pragmatics (19:2), edited by myself and Merja Kytö.

I am now working with Merja Kytö on several studies of language change in Early Modern English. So far in 2019 we have written two articles, which we presented at conferences in June 2019, and are currently working on a third article. A fourth article “L’interaction orale du passé : A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760” will be published in the journal Langages in 2019.

A current project 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 will be published as an edited volume by Oxford University Press, with Peter J. Grund and myself as editors. We are currently investigating speech-reporting expressions in Early Modern English: one article has already been written in 2019 and we will extend this study in a further article.

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, MA and doctoral dissertations in English linguistics.

Other information

I have been President of SWESSE (The Swedish Society for the Study of English) since May 2017.


Articles in journals

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.


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. (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)

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