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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 1984 2019

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

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

Demmen, J., Jeffries, L. & Walker, B., 15 Dec 2018, Doing Politics: Discursivity, Performativity and Mediation in Political Discourse. Kranert, M. & Horan, G. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing, p. 81-104 14 p. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture; vol. 80).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

labor relations

Irony in a theory of textual meaning

Jeffries, L., 25 Apr 2018, 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

Verbal Irony

Language in conflict: Linguistics in mediation

Jeffries, L., O'Driscoll, J. & Evans, M., 2018, Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda. McIntyre, D. & Price, H. (eds.). p. 124-136 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2016 2019

  • 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