• 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Emma Moreton is a Senior Lecturer in Corpus Linguistics and Stylistics in the School of Humanities at Coventry University. She is currently involved in several projects that deal specifically with the digitisation, markup and analysis of correspondence collections. The common aim of these projects is to look at ways of improving interconnectivity between existing digital collections and to investigate new ways of organising, interpreting and using the various types of information embedded within digitised correspondence.

In 2009 and 2010 Emma was awarded ARF and EDGAR funding from Coventry University, allowing her to establish links with scholars from a range of disciplines and institutions currently working with migrant letter collections, including the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park Museum in Northern Ireland and the Immigration History Research Centre at the University of Minnesota. As a result of these initial meetings a research network was established and in 2013 Emma received AHRC funding to formalise these links. The project, 'Digitising experiences of migration', involved twelve partner institutions and provided a forum for discussing some of the challenges and opportunities of working with digitised migrant letter collections. Details of the project can be found at www.lettersofmigration.blogspot.com

Emma completed her PhD at 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, allowing letter collections from around the world to interconnect, thus opening up the research possibilities for working with this type of data.


Area of Expertise:


Corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, migrant correspondence, business correspondence, metadata

Research Interests

Correspondence; migration history; corpus linguistics; digital humanities

Vision Statement


I am especially interested in how historical ego-documents (personal letters, diaries and first person narratives) can help us to understand the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women, as well as providing new perspectives on social, cultural and economic issues of the time. My research focuses, in particular, on letters of migration and how new technologies can be used to analyse the content of large digitised correspondence collections, allowing the user to identify topics and themes in the discourse, or letter writing networks, for example. My research falls within the digital humanities and much of what I do is driven by the desire to find new, cross-disciplinary methods for exploring this fascinating material.


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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 6 Chapter

‘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

Open Access
network analysis
raw materials

Letters from America: Themes and Methods in the Study of Irish Emigrant Correspondence.

Moreton, E. 2016 A Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing. Bernier, C-M., Newman, J. & Pethers, M. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citations

Migration Databases as Impact Tools in the Education and Heritage Sectors

Amador-Moreno, C. P., Corrigan, K. P., McCafferty, K. & Moreton, E. 20 Sep 2016 Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Databases for Public Engagement. Corrigan, K. P. & Mearns, A. (eds.). 3 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. Volume 3: Databases for Public Engagement, p. 25-67 43 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2009 2017

  • 23 Participation in conference
  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity

Moreton, E. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

New Approaches to Corpus in English Linguistics conference

Moreton, E. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

Historicizing the Digital: language practices in new and old media

Moreton, E. (Keynote Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

Laboratoire Identité Culturelle, Textes et Théâtralité seminar series, Université d’Avignon

Moreton, E. (Invited Speaker)

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course