Dr Christine Wallis


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


I joined the School of English as Teaching Associate in historical linguistics in September 2016. Before that I was a lecturer at Newcastle University, and taught at the University of York.

I originally trained as a historian at the University of Birmingham (BA Medieval Studies, MPhil Medieval History), and worked outside academia before completing an MA and PhD in historical linguistics at the University of Sheffield in 2014.


My research focuses on scribal practice in Anglo-Saxon England. I am interested in the impact of scribal training and ideas about language on textual production in Old English, and what this can tell us about notions of standard or normative language in the period. This involves research across topics such as historical sociolinguistics, philology, standardisation, manuscript studies and materiality.

Other recent or current topics of interest include eighteenth-century pronouncing dictionaries, and the pedagogy of the history of English.


I have convened and taught on a number of modules in historical linguistics and research methods, at undergraduate and MA level, for example: Early Englishes, Old English, Issues in Language Change, Historical Sociolinguistics, and Research Methods in Linguistics. I have supervised undergraduate and MA dissertations in topics on historical linguistics.

Articles and book chapters
  • 2018: ‘Conservatism and Innovation in Anglo-Saxon Scribal Practice’, Sociocultural Dimensions of Lexis and Text in the History of English, edited by Peter Petré, Hubert Cuyckens & Frauke D’Hoedt. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2018: Yáñez-Bouza N., Sen R., Beal J., Wallis C. ‘‘Proper’ pro-nun-ſha-ſhun in Eighteenth-Century English: ECEP as a New Tool for the Study of Historical Phonology and Dialectology’. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33.1. 203-227.
  • 2016: ‘Unpublished Dry-point Annotations in a Manuscript of the Old English Bede: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 279B’, Medium Ævum, 85.1. 15-32. (Winning contribution for 2013 Medium Ævum Graduate Essay Prize).
  • 2013: ‘Layers of Reading in the Old English Bede: The Case of Oxford Corpus Christi College 279B’, Meaning in Words, Texts and Discourse in the History of English, edited by Andreas H. Jucker, Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler and Nicole Studer. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 19-38.
  • 2017: Review of Don Ringe and Ann Taylor (2017), The Development of Old English (A Linguistic History of English, vol. II). (Oxford: Oxford University Press). LINGUIST List, issue 28.4927. 
  • 2017: Review of Frederick Klaeber (2015), A Commentary on the Old English Version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History, ed. and trans. Valentine A. Pakis. (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies).  Speculum, 92.4: 1207-8. Invited review.
  • 2016: Lacy, E., Symons, V., Thomson, S., and Wallis, C. ‘Chapter II, Old English’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 95 (1).
  • 2015: Fisher, R., Symons, V., Thomson, S., and Wallis, C. ‘Chapter II, Old English’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 94 (1): 127-152.
  • 2014: Review of Donka Minkova (2014), A Historical Phonology of English (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press). LINGUIST List, issue 25.4162.
Other publications