• 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Emma Moreton is a Senior Lecturer in Corpus Linguistics in the School of Humanities and an associate member of the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Emma holds BA (Hons) and MPhil degrees in English literature and corpus linguistics, and has a PhD, also in corpus linguistics, from the University of Birmingham. Her thesis, The emigrant letter digitised: markup and analysis, explores how metadata relating to migrant correspondence (information about the letters themselves, the participants involved and their locations) can be captured and represented in a standardised way, thereby allowing different letter collections to interconnect.

Research Interests

historical correspondence; migration history; corpus linguistics; digital humanities; discourse analysis

Vision Statement

My current research looks at the digitisation, annotation, analysis and visualisation of historical letter archives. I am especially interested in exploring ways of improving interconnectivity between existing digital collections and finding new ways of organising, interpreting and using the various types of information embedded within digitised correspondence. Whilst my background is in corpus linguistics (using computational methods to analyse the language of large bodies of digitised data) my research approach is very much interdisiplinary. My current projects use computational methods to explore issues of identity construction and integration within and across historical migrant letters collections.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 8 Chapter
  • 7 Article

Homesickness, recollections and reunions: using the Interesting Items Visualisation Tool (IIVT) to explore topics and emotions in a corpus of female Irish migrant correspondence

Moreton, E. & Culy, C. 2019 (Accepted/In press) Keeping in Touch - Familiar Letters across the Anglophone World. Hickey, R. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, Vol. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Written Corpora

Gardner, S. & Moreton, E. 2019 (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. Adolphs, S. & Knight, D. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, Vol. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘I never could forget my darling mother’: The language of recollection in a corpus of female Irish emigrant correspondence

Moreton, E. 6 Feb 2018 Migrant Letters: Emotional Language, Mobile Identities, and Writing Practices in Historical Perspective. Borges, M. & Cancian, S. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘We work hard here’: exploring person and place deixis in a corpus of historical migrant letters

Moreton, E. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Rethinking Language, Text and Context: Interdisciplinary Research in Stylistics. Nørgaard, N., Page, R. & Busse, B. (eds.). Routledge, Vol. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Place Deixis
Person Deixis

The Migrant Letter Digitised: Visualising Metadata

O’Leary, N. & Moreton, E. 28 Mar 2017 In : Journal of Cultural Analytics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Activities 2009 2018

  • 23 Participation in conference
  • 7 Invited talk
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

Histoire, Langues et Textométrie

Felix Krawatzek (Speaker), Moreton, E. (Speaker)
16 Jan 201818 Jan 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

University of Western Australia

Moreton, E. (Visiting researcher)
20 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

ZOiS: Centre for East European and International Studies

Moreton, E. (Visiting researcher)
8 Sep 201821 Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

The migrant letter digitised: methods, tools and themes

Moreton, E. (Speaker)
20 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) markup and migrant letters

Moreton, E. (Speaker)
20 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Invited talk