Dr Sean Murphy

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

I work on the Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare’s Language project (AHRC project AH/N002415/1), which brings corpus linguistics to Shakespearean studies. My research interests include the language of Shakespeare's soliloquies, the stylistics of drama, (im)politeness theory, and corpus linguistics.

I have worked in ELT for over 30 years, mainly in Spain, but also in the UK, France and Egypt. My main interests lie in the teaching of language and literature in initial teacher training, and teaching English for academic purposes.

‘A language that I understand not’ What do students find difficult when they read Shakespeare?
Murphy, S.E., Culpeper, J.V. 18/06/2018

I will proclaim myself what I am: corpus stylistics and the language of Shakespeare’s soliloquies
Murphy, S.E. 11/2015 In: Language and Literature. 24, 4, p. 338-354. 17 p.
Journal article

Book Review: Giuseppina Balossi, A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization: Virginia Woolf’s The Waves
Murphy, S.E. 05/2015 In: Language and Literature. 24, 2, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Am I politic?: (Im)politeness in Shakespeare’s soliloquies
Murphy, S.E. 2015
Conference paper

The language of self-talk in Shakespeare's plays
Murphy, S.E. 2014 Lancaster University. 311 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Now I am alone: a corpus stylistic approach to Shakespearian soliloquies
Murphy, S.E. 2007 In: Papers from LAEL PG 2006. p. 66-85. 20 p.
Conference contribution