Personal profile


My PhD (Leeds) was in stylistics of newspapers, and my first book (Jeffries 1993) was on the stylistics of poetry. I joined the University in 1989 and was Head of English before being appointed to the Research Coordinator post in 2005 and to the Chair of English Language and Linguistics in 2007. I have been Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) and was organiser of the 25th annual conference of PALA in 2005 editing the proceedings (Rodopi 2007) with two colleagues, Dan McIntyre and Derek Bousfield. I am the series editor (with Dan McIntyre) of the Perspectives on the English Language series for Palgrave and a member of the editorial board of the journals Language and Literature (Sage) and English Text Construction (Benjamins). I supervise PhD students on topics in stylistics and critical stylistics ranging from contemporary poetry to political discourse. I have been awarded grant funding from the AHRC for a sabbatical in 2005-6, as Co-I for the SAMUELS project(AH/L010062/1) in 2014-15 and for follow-on funding for the Hansard at Huddersfield project (AHR007136/1) in 2018-19. I am the Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Critical stylistics
  • Language in conflict
  • Stylistics of poetry
  • Language in the news
  • Corpus approaches to stylistics


  • Stylistics
  • Terrorism Narratives

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Projects 2014 2018

Hansard at Huddersfield: Making the Parliamentary Record More Accessible

Jeffries, L., Von Lunen, A. & Alexander, M. G.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches

Jeffries, L., Alexander, M. G., Baron, A., Archer, D., Hope, J., Rayson, P. E. & Kay, C. J.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2001 2018

Charting the semantics of labour relations in House of Commons debates spanning two hundred years: A study of parliamentary language using corpus linguistic methods and automated semantic tagging

Jeffries, L. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Doing Politics: Discursivity, Performativity and Mediation in Political Discourse. Kranert, M. & Horan, G. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Irony in a theory of textual meaning

Jeffries, L. 2018 (Accepted/In press) The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter. Jobert, M. & Sorlin, S. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing, p. 23-39 17 p. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature; vol. 30)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Language in conflict: Linguistics in mediation

Jeffries, L., O'Driscoll, J. & Evans, M. 2018 Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Keywords in the Press: The New Labour Years

Jeffries, L. & Walker, B. 16 Nov 2017 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 207 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

New Labour

Teaching Stylistics: Foregrounding in E. E. Cummings

McIntyre, D. & Jeffries, L. 17 Oct 2017 Teaching Literature: Text and Dialogue in the English Classroom. Knights, B. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 155-172 18 p. (Teaching the New English)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter