My PhD project, titled ‘Changed perspectives: On modernised punctuation in Middle English texts’, is focused on the possible effects that modernised punctuation may have had on our understanding of Middle English syntax and semantics. The project will undertake a comparative study of Middle English manuscripts and their later-published editions, aiming to discern whether modernised punctuation may have led the reader to generate different syntactic constructions and to draw other semantic inferences than those likely to be generated when reading the original material. By doing so, the project aims to provide insight into the possible benefits and issues of modernised punctuation in Middle English texts.
I have a master’s degree in English language from the University of Edinburgh, during which I focused primarily on historical linguistics but also studied morphology, semantics, and pragmatics. My main fields of interest are English historical linguistics, Middle English, orthography, and morphology, but I am also interested in historical dialectology, runology, and Proto-Germanic.