Dr Helen Baker

Newby Research Fellow

Research Overview

I am a historian and my PhD thesis looked at popular reactions to the Khodynka disaster, a stampede which took place during the coronation celebrations of Nicholas II of Russia in 1896.

More recently, my research has focussed upon the history of early modern England and has explored the benefits of using large corpora in the study of the past. I am particularly interested in the ways in which marginalised people were perceived in early modern public discourse.

Usage Fluctuation Analysis: A new way of analysing shifts in historical discourse
McEnery, A., Brezina, V., Baker, H. 10/10/2019 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 24, 4, p. 413-444. 32 p.
Journal article

Working at the interface of hydrology and corpus linguistics: using corpora to identify unrecorded droughts in nineteenth-century Britain
McEnery, A.M., Baker, H.S., Dayrell, C. 25/09/2019 In: Using Corpus Methods to Triangulate Linguistic Analysis. New York : Routledge ISBN: 9781138082540.

Language Surrounding Poverty in Early Modern England: A corpus-based investigation of how people living in the seventeenth century perceived the criminalized poor
McEnery, A., Baker, H.S. 18/01/2019 In: From Data to Evidence in English Language Research. Leiden : Brill p. 225-257. 33 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How do we talk about drought?: The context of Britain as represented by national newspapers and oral histories
Dayrell, C., Baker, H.S., Pearce, R., McEnery, A.M. 2018

Using Corpora to Explore Shadows from the Past: Early Modern Male Prostitution, an Evasive Marginal Identity
Baker, H.S., McEnery, A.M. 2018 In: Anglistentag 2017 Regensburg Proceedings. Trier : Wvt Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier p. 9. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The public representation of homosexual men in seventeenth-century England: a corpus based view
McEnery, A.M., Baker, H.S. 10/2017 In: Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics. 3, 2
Journal article

The poor in seventeenth-century England: A corpus based analysis
McEnery, A.M., Baker, H.S. 4/09/2017 In: Token: A Journal of English Linguistics. 6, p. 51-83. 33 p.
Journal article

A corpus-based investigation into English representations of Turks and Ottomans in the early modern period
Baker, H.S., McEnery, A.M., Hardie, A. 2017 In: Lexical Priming. John Benjamins p. 42-66. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Enriching our understanding of historic drought and water scarcity: investigating 200 years of news texts
Baker, H.S., Dayrell, C., McEnery, A.M. 2017

Ireland in British parliamentary debates 1803–2005: Plotting changes in discourse in a large volume of time-series corpus data
Baker, H.S., Brezina, V., McEnery, A.M. 2017 In: Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 83-107. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Corpus linguistics and 17th-century prostitution: computational linguistics and history
McEnery, A.M., Baker, H.S. 1/12/2016 Bloomsbury Academic. 271 p. Electronic ISBN: 9781472506092.

"Inward division doth hazard all": Highland rivalries during the Glencairn Uprising of 1653-1654
Baker, H.S. 2015 In: Royal Stuart Journal. 6
Journal article

Monarchy discredited?: Reactions to the Khodynka coronation catastrophe, 1896
Baker, H.S. 2003 In: Revolutionary Russia. 16, 1, 46 p.
Journal article