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Biography

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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Stylistics
  • Terrorism Narratives

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Projects

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.

1/01/1431/03/15

Project: Research

Research Output

The Babel Lexicon of Language

McIntyre, D., Jeffries, L., Evans, M., Price, H. & Gold, E., 17 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Austerity in the Commons: A corpus critical analysis of austerity and its surrounding grammatical context in Hansard (1803–2015)

Jeffries, L. & Walker, B., 25 Mar 2019, Discourse Analysis and Austerity: Critical Studies from Economics and Linguistics . Power, K., Ali, T. & Lebdušková, E. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: The potential for linguistics to change conflict in the “real" world

Jeffries, L., 23 May 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict. Evans, M., Jeffries, L. & O'Driscoll, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 451-453 3 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Introduction: Textual choice and communication in conflict

    Jeffries, L., 23 May 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict. Evans, M., Jeffries, L. & O'Driscoll, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 13-24 12 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Introduction: The origins of The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict

    Jeffries, L. & O'Driscoll, J., 23 May 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict. Evans, M., Jeffries, L. & O'Driscoll, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 1-9 9 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

  • Activities

    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Invited talk

    Making Hansard accessible to non-expert users through data visualisation

    Lesley Jeffries (Speaker), Hugo Sanjurjo Gonzalez (Speaker)
    1 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Making corpus-based searching accessible for non-expert users: the case of Hansard

    Lesley Jeffries (Speaker), Hugo Sanjurjo Gonzalez (Speaker)
    15 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Shaping public perceptions of linguistics through Babel: The Language Magazine

    Dan McIntyre (Speaker), Lesley Jeffries (Speaker)
    10 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Language in Conflict: a conversation with Peace Studies

    Jim O'Driscoll (Participant), Lesley Jeffries (Participant)
    2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Language in Conflict Workshop

    Jim O'Driscoll (Participant), Lesley Jeffries (Participant)
    2008

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...