I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Davis (1975) and my Ph.D. in English with a Linguistics Emphasis from the University of California, Berkeley (1981). My doctoral dissertation, directed by Julian Boyd, was entitled "The Historical Development of Aspectual Periphrases in English." Since completing my doctorate, I have been a member of the English Department of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, attaining the rank of Professor in 1995. I have held numerous UBC Humanities and Social Sciences small grants as well as Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grants (1998-2000, 2007-10, 2011-2012) and a SSHRCC Leave Fellowship (1985-86). In 1999 I was awarded an Izaak Walton Killam Research Prize and in 2006 I received an Izaak Walton Killam Faculty Research Fellowship.
From April 2013 to December 2014, I co-edited the Journal of Historical Pragmatics with Dawn Archer (University of Central Lancashire). Since January 2015, I am co-editor with Bernd Kortman and Patrick Honeybone of English Language and Linguistics.
I am a member of the journal editorial boards of the Journal of English Linguistics, Anglia, Transactions of the Philological Society, and Working Papers in Early English Lexicology and Lexicography (WPEELEX). I serve on the series editorial boards for Oxford Studies in the History of English and New Approaches to English Historical Linguistics.I have reviewed widely for journals (e.g. English Language and Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, Language, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Journal of English Linguistics) and presses as well as vetted abstracts for a variety of conferences.
I have organized sessions at the Modern Language Association and Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, I organized the 14th ICHL (International Conference of Historical Linguistics) held in Vancouver in August 1999, and I have organized the History of English sections for IAUPE (International Association of University Professors of English) held in August 2004 in Vancouver and in July 2012 in Beijing. I helped organize a joint meeting of SHEL-9 (Society for the History of English) and DSNA -20 (Dictionary Society of North America) held in Vancouver in June 2015
From 1997-1999, I served as Associate Head of the English Department for Graduate Studies. I am currently chair of the English Language Program in the Department of English.
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