Dr Seth Mehl

BGS (University of Kansas, USA), MA (University College London), PhD (University College London)


Dr Seth MehlHumanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street
S3 7QY


Seth works on the Linguistic DNA project in the School of English, alongside the University of Sheffield Humanities Research Institute. His work on the project uses corpus methods to investigate semantic and conceptual change (semasiological and onomasiological) in English from 1500 to 1800 in the very large datasets of Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online.


Seth's primary research interests lie in corpus linguistics, lexical semantics, the history of the English language, and World Englishes. His doctoral dissertation at University College London (UCL) investigated the International Corpus of English to describe semasiological and onomasiological variation in English verbs, looking in particular at what we can know about semantics, and variation, by looking at corpora. He is a member of the Keywords Project, and serves on the Philological Society council as Honorary Secretary for Student Associates. Previously, he worked as a Research Fellow on UCL’s Teaching English Grammar in Schools project, and was a research assistant in the development of English pedagogical apps at the Survey of English Usage.


Seth is an associate fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy. He has taught: undergraduate and postgraduate English grammar, corpus linguistics, and research methods at UCL; the history of the English language at the University of Winchester; English grammar for teachers at the UCL Institute of Education; an array of widening participation courses for secondary school students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. He began his teaching career teaching English as a Foreign Language in the USA, Cyprus, and the PRC.