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Course team welcome

Course team introductions from Hilary Nesi, Michael Rundell, Sharon Creese and Barbara McGillivray.

This course is a collaborative project and was authored by the following academics.

Hilary Nesi is a Professor of English language at Coventry University, UK. Her research activities mostly concern spoken and written discourse and the design and use of dictionaries. She was principal investigator for the projects to create the corpus of British Academic Written English (BAWE) and the corpus of British Academic Spoken English (BASE), and also led the Writing for a Purpose project which produced corpus-informed academic writing materials for the British Council ‘Learn English’ website. She is co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

Michael Rundell is a linguist and lexicographer. A dictionary editor since 1980, he has designed and managed numerous dictionary projects and is a leader in the field of English pedagogical dictionaries. He is editor-in-chief of, having started a dictionary development programme at Macmillan in the late 1990s. He is also chief lexicographic officer at Lexical Computing Ltd, the company responsible for the Sketch Engine and the Lexicom training workshops. He is author, with Sue Atkins, of the The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography, published by Oxford University Press.

Sharon Creese is an applied linguist with a broad range of academic and commercial expertise in the fields of dictionaries, newspapers, technical writing and editing. She recently completed her PhD on dictionaries, new words and the media, and has taught on these topics at undergraduate, postgraduate and secondary school levels. Prior to this, she was a Macmillan Dictionaries editor, and had a successful career in journalism, technical writing/editing, and Public Relations.

Barbara McGillivray is a research fellow at The Alan Turing Institute and at the University of Cambridge, UK. She worked as a language technologist for the dictionaries division of Oxford University Press from 2011 to 2014. Her research focuses on computational linguistics, computational lexicography, and quantitative historical linguistics. She has written two monographs: Methods in Latin Computational Linguistics (Brill, 2014) and Quantitative Historical Linguistics. A corpus framework (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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