Professor Tony McEneryDistinguished Professor
I am Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University.
I was Interim Chief Executive, Economic and Social Science Research Council, from 2017 - 2018.
I was Chief Accounting Officer, Economic and Social Research Council, from 2017 - 2018.
I was Deputy Chair of Council, Economic and Social Research Council, from 2017 - 2018.
I was Director or Research, Economic and Social Research Council, from 2016-2018.
I was Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, from 2013-2016.
I was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University, from 2008-2014.
I was Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2005-2008.
I was Head of Department of the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, from 2000-2005.
I am a member of the corpus research group, which was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for its research in 2015.
I undertake research using corpus linguistics in a range of areas across theoretical and applied linguistics. As well as undertaking 'blue skies' research, I have also done applied work with a range of partner organizations in the public sector (e.g. the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the Environment Agency and the Home Office) and the private sector (e.g. with British Telecom, IBM, Nokia and Research in Motion). I have worked on projects in a wide range of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. I have also constructed many corpora including the CRATER, EMILLE and British National Corpus 2014 corpora. EMILLE remains the largest and most comprehensive collection of written and spoken corpus materials for South Asian languages.
I have received research funding to date of £10,307,274. This has been gained from a wide range of funders including the AHRB, ESRC, NERC, EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Newby Trust the European Union and Trinity College London. My current research grants are:
- I am principal investigator of the Lancaster University funded project The Lancaster-Northern Arizona corpus.
- I am principal investigator of the Trinity College London funded grant Trinity Lancaster Corpus.
I am interested principally in the application of corpus methods to a range of questions relating to language in linguistics and beyond. This included topics which touch upon the theoretical core of linguistics, such as theories of aspect, but I look more at issues in applied linguistics such as the representation of Muslims and Islam in the UK Press. I am interested in language as a socially situated phenomenon and have pursued social explanations of langauge use, most notably through my work looking at swearing in English. My commitment to exploring the interaction between langauge and society stretches beyond the here and now - much of my work in this area is rooted in historical exploration. Such explorations are being enabled by the production of large new corpora covering early modern to present day English. I am very happy to be actively involved in the production of such corpora, and other datasets relevant to my research, especially the BNC2014 and Trinity Learner Corpus which are current focusses of effort for me.
Though I am currently devoting much of my time to research, I am still active in teaching. Each summer I teach on a summer school in corpus linguistics at Lancaster University. I also run a MOOC on the Futurelearn platform, through which I have introduced corpus linguistics to tens of thousands of people. In addition, I supervise postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD levels.
I am a Council member and chair of the Audit and Risk Management committee of the Academy of Social Sciences.
I was awarded a Changjiang Chair by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2021. I was also made founding UK chair and lifetime fellow of the Global China Academy in 2021. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (from 2013). In 2016 I was made a fellow of Trinity College London. My research centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (from 2008). I was awarded the Odzmacsewie Universyteti Lodzkiego (Jubilee Medal) in Poland in 1999 for an outstanding contribution to the intellectual life of the University of Łódź
I am a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences
I am chair of the Audit Committee of the Academy of Social Sciences.
I was a member of the Council of the University of Chester (2014-2016).
I have held the following visiting positions:
- 2023- Consulting Professor, Shanghai International Studies University
- 2023- Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications
- 2015-2020 International Advisor, China Multilingual and Multimodal Corpora and Big Data Centre, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing University of Foreign Studies
- 2010-2012 Visiting Professor, University of Limerick
- 2003 Visiting Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University
- 1999 Visiting Professor, Chemnitz University, Germany
- 1997 Visiting Professor, Tohoku State University, Japan
- 1991 Visiting Lecturer, Aberystwyth University
- 1990 Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool University
I undertake research reviewing for a wide range of UK and non-UK funding agencies including the Irish Research Council, the Qatar National Research Foundation, the Shota-Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia and UKRI.
Trinity-Lancaster Corpus projects 4 & 5
01/04/2023 → 30/09/2025
31/03/2022 → 30/09/2025
Meeting Future Challenges in Language Testing and Teaching: Building Teams, Setting Goals
01/02/2022 → 31/07/2023
CASS: Improving Patient Experience: Textual Analysis of the National Cancer Patient Survey
01/10/2020 → 31/03/2023
The Health of the Social Services
01/10/2020 → 31/07/2022
IAA: The local perspective - Islam and Muslims in the UK Regional Press
01/01/2020 → 30/06/2020
English Language Learning and Spoken Interaction
01/09/2019 → 31/08/2022
Media analysis fellowship
01/08/2019 → 31/07/2022
Strategic Knowledge Exchange between ESRC CASS Centre and Trinity College, London
01/04/2019 → 31/12/2021
New Methods and Data in Second Language Learning Research
31/01/2019 → 31/10/2019
British National Corpus (BNC) as a sociolinguistic dataset: Exploring individual and social variation
01/01/2017 → 31/07/2018
Understanding Corporate Communications
01/12/2014 → 01/10/2016
ESRC centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science - CASS
31/03/2013 → 30/03/2018
ASSIST: Automated Semantic Assistance for Translators
01/04/2005 → 30/06/2007
Contrasting English and Chinese
01/07/2004 → 31/10/2007
Contrasting aspect and tense in english and chinese: a corpus-based perspective
01/02/2003 → 31/03/2004
The 4th Corpora and Discourse International Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience
What do newspapers talk about when they talk about drought?
ESRC (External organisation)
Member of an organisation
Global Warming in the Brazilian News Media
Changing Discourses around Climate Change: News Media in Brazil
ESRC (External organisation)
Membership of committee
- ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science
- UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language