Professor Mick Short

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

BA (Lancaster), MA (Birmingham), PhD (Lancaster)

Mick is Professor of English Language and Literature. His main interests are in the linguistic stylistic analysis of literary texts and he is best known for Style in Fiction, which he published in collaboration with Geoffrey Leech in 1981. Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose (Longman) was published in 1996 and in collaboration with Elena Semino , he published Corpus Stylistics: Speech, Writing and Thought Presentation in a Corpus of English Writing (Routledge) in 2004. He is the editor of Reading, Analysing and Teaching Literature (Longman 1989) and co- editor of Using Corpora for Language Research with Jenny Thomas (Longman 1966) and Exploring the Language of Drama with Peter Verdonk and Jonathan Culpeper . He has published articles in numerous journals, including Language and Literature , Language and Style , Narrative, Poetics, Style, Text , The Journal of Literary Semantics and Applied Linguistics. Since 1985 he has co-edited three series of books for Longman: Learning about Language and Studies in Language and Linguistics (both with Geoffrey Leech) and Textual Explorations (with Elena Semino).

Mick was the founding editor (1992-6) of Language and Literature, the international journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (which he also founded, in 1985). His main current interests are the analysis of fiction and drama using pragmatic analysis, discourse presentation theory, stylistics pedagogy, the use of stylistics in literature and language teaching and the computational and empirical study of literature. With Elena Semino, he has been responsible for two computerised corpus based research projects on speech, writing and thought presentation (SW&TP), one on written (literary and non-literary) texts and one on spoken data. Mick is a member of the Pragmatics and Stylistics Research Unit (PASTY) in the department.

In the year 2000, Mick was one of only 20 teachers across the whole of Higher Education in the UK to win a National Teaching Fellowship. This was the first year in which this national competition was run. Mick has used his £50,000 prize in a project to design an innovative introductory web-based course. He ran an international investigation from 2002 to 2005, comparing student reactions in different higher education institutions to web-based and traditional teaching of the same course.

Stylistics and Literary Evaluation
Short, M.H., Semino, E. 2008 In: The quality of literature. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 117-37. 243 p. ISBN: 978-9027233363.
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'How to Make a Drama out of a Speech Act: The Speech Act of Apology in the Film A Fish Called Wanda'.
Short, M.H. 12/2007 In: Stylistics: Retrospect and Prospect. Amsterdam : John Benjamins 236 p. ISBN: 978-9042023307.
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Designing and piloting a world-wide-web-based stylistics course.
Short, M.H. 2007 In: Rethinking English: Reconciling Literature, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. Lampeter : Edwin Mellen p. 131-166. 36 p.
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How to make a drama out of a speech act : the speech act of apology in the film A Fish Called Wanda.
Short, M.H. 2007 In: Stylistics : prospect & retrospect. Amsterdam : Rodopi p. 169-189. 21 p. ISBN: 9789042023307.
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Investigating student reactions to a web-based stylistics course in different national and educational settings.
Short, M.H., Plummer, P., Busse, B. 2007 In: Literature and Stylistics for Language Learners. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan 217 p. ISBN: 9781403987990.
Chapter

Style in fiction : a linguistic introduction to English fictional prose.
Leech, G., Short, M. 2007 Harlow : Pearson Longman. 404 p. ISBN: 9780582784093.
Book

'E-learning and Language and Style in Lancaster'.
Short, M.H. 08/2006 In: Language and Literature. 15, 3, p. 234-256. 23 p.
Journal article

'Preface: The web-based Language and Style Course, E-learning and Stylistics'.
Short, M.H., Busse, B., Plummer, P. 08/2006 In: Language and Literature. 15, 3, p. 219-233. 15 p.
Journal article

Afterword.
Short, M.H., Busse, B., Plummer, P. 08/2006 In: Language and Literature. 15, 3, p. 321-322. 2 p.
Journal article

Narrative skill in Bilgewater's prologue
Short, M.H., Semino, E., Culpeper, J. 2006 In: The Art of English. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 407-413. 7 p. ISBN: 140398560X (pbk.).
Chapter

Language and Style.
Short, M.H. 2005
Other contribution

Corpus stylistics: speech, writing and thought presentation in a corpus of English writing.
Semino, E., Short, M.H. 2004 London : Routledge. 256 p. ISBN: 0415286697.
Book

Graphological deviation, style variation and point of view in ‘Marabou stork nightmares’ by Irvine Welsh.
Short, M.H. 2004 In: Stylistics: a resource book for students. London : Routledge p. 176-185. 10 p. ISBN: 0415281040.
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Investigating the presentation of speech, writing and thought in British English : a corpus-based approach.
McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J., McEnery, A.M., Semino, E., Short, M.H. 2004 In: ICAME Journal. 28, p. 49-76. 28 p.
Journal article

Lancaster speech, writing and thought presentation spoken corpus.
Short, M.H., Semino, E., McEnery, A.M. 2004
Other contribution

Methodological problems in the analysis of a corpus of conversations about cancer.
Semino, E., Heywood, J., Short, M.H. 2004 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 36, 7, p. 1271-1294. 24 p.
Journal article

A corpus-based approach to speech, thought and writing presentation.
Short, M.H. 2003 In: linguistics by the Lune: a festschrift for Geoffrey Leech. Frankfurt : Peter Lang p. 241-271. 31 p. ISBN: 3631509522.
Chapter

Designing a world-wide web-based stylistics course and investigating its effectiveness.
Short, M.H., Archer, D. 2003 In: Style. 37, 1, p. 27-64. 38 p.
Journal article

The construction of a corpus to investigate the presentation of speech, thought and writing in written and spoken British English.
McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J., McEnery, A.M., Semino, E., Short, M. 2003 In: Proceedings of the corpus linguistics 2003 conference. Lancaster : Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language Technical Papers, Lancaster University p. 513-522. 10 p.
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Twenty years on: in the Japanese translation of Leech and Short (1981).
Short, M.H. 2003 In: Style in fiction. Tokyo : Kenkyusha Ltd p. 273-312. 40 p.
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A cross-cultural study of fictional and non-fictional text understanding.
Short, M.H., Halasz, L., Varga, A. 06/2002 In: Poetics. 30, 3, p. 195-219. 25 p.
Journal article

Linguistic metaphor identification in two extracts from novels.
Heywood, J., Semino, E., Short, M.H. 2002 In: Language and Literature. 11, 1, p. 35-54. 20 p.
Journal article

Revisiting the notion of faithfulness in discourse presentation using a corpus approach.
Short, M.H., Semino, E., Wynne, M. 2002 In: Language and Literature. 11, 4, p. 325-355. 31 p.
Journal article

Who is stylistics and what use is she to students of English language and literature?
Short, M.H. 2002 In: Poetica. 58, p. 27-46. 20 p.
Journal article

Research questions, research paradigms and research methodologies in the study of narrative.
Short, M.H. 2001 In: Narrative perspective: cognition and emotion. Princeton, N. J. : Princeton University Press p. 339-355. 17 p.
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Revisiting the notion of faithfulness in discourse: report/(re)presentation using a corpus approach.
Short, M., Semino, E., Wynne, M. 2001 In: Poetics, linguistics and history . Potchefstroom, South Africa : Potchefstroom University p. 484-509. 26 p.
Chapter

Language and context(s): Jane Gardam’s ‘Bilgewater’.
Short, M.H., Semino, E., Culpeper, J. 2000 In: Contextualised stylistics. Amsterdam : Rodopi p. 131-151. 21 p.
Chapter

Graphological deviation, style variation and point of view in ‘Marabou stork nightmares’ by Irvine Welsh.
Short, M.H. 12/1999 In: Journal of Literary Studies. 15, 3-4, p. 305-323. 19 p.
Journal article

A reply to Mackay.
Short, M.H., van Peer, W. 10/1999 In: Language and Literature. 8, 3, p. 269-275. 7 p.
Journal article

Hypothetical words and thoughts in contemporary British narratives.
Semino, E., Short, M.H., Wynne, M. 1999 In: Narrative. 7, 3, p. 307-334. 28 p.
Journal article

Reading reports: discourse presentation in a corpus of narratives with special reference to news reports.
Short, M.H., Wynne, M., Semino, E. 1999 In: English via various media. Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag C p. 39-66. 28 p.
Chapter

A corpus-based investigation of speech, thought and writing presentation in English narrative texts.
Wynne, M., Short, M., Semino, E. 1998 In: Explorations in Corpus Linguistics. Amsterdam : Rodopi p. 233-247. 15 p. ISBN: 9042007516.
Chapter

Exploring the language of drama : from text to context.
Culpeper, J., Short, M., Verdonk, P., Culpeper, J., Short, M., Verdonk, P. 1998 London : Routledge. 181 p. ISBN: 0415137942.
Book

Using a corpus to test a model of speech and thought presentation.
Semino, E., Short, M., Culpeper, J. 1997 In: Poetics. 25, 1, p. 17-43. 27 p.
Journal article

Using a corpus for stylistics research : speech presentation.
Short, M., Semino, E., Culpeper, J. 1996 In: Using Corpora in Language Research. Harlow : Longman p. 110-131. 22 p.
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