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.

The Stylistic Analysis of drama and film
01/09/2006 → 30/09/2008

  • UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language