Allow me to introduce myself.

As the strapline suggests, I am a professional scholar. I research the sociology of culture and the history of the book, and I teach English Language Studies at the Open University, with a special focus on the sociology and social history of the English language. I have a fairly extensive list of publications both for a student audience and for fellow researchers. My academic background is mostly in linguistics, and I am an intermittently published illustrator, although the gallery page of this site is not yet up and running.

This is my website. It exists partly to show how the various parts of my work fit together, and partly as a platform on which to publish shorter pieces of writing that don’t fit into my publication schedule (see my blog).