Siân Alsop

Siân Alsop teaches academic writing at Coventry University. She has an MA in early modern English literature from the University of Warwick and is currently completing a PhD on the pragmatic annotation of the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). She has worked as a research assistant on the project to develop the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus, and as web editor for the Warwick Medical School. She recently spent six months as a visiting academic at the University of Tübingen to develop the ELVis language visualisation software.

  • An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British Higher Education. The British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus is a record of proficient university-level student writing at the turn of the 21st century. It contains just under 3000 good-standard student assignments. Holdings are fairly evenly distributed across four broad disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) and across four levels of study (undergraduate and taught masters level). Thirty main disciplines are represented. Texts are categorised into 13 broad genre families.
  • An Archive and Record of UK-funded ELT Projects, 1950 onwards. Construction of an archive of reports/other documents along with an inventory/chronology and a bibliography to systematically increase the stock of knowledge relating to UK-supported ELT projects undertaken in different parts of the world since the 1950s.
  • Web publication of the metadata from the The Perdita Project Early modern women's manuscript compilations. An online repository and interface to over 500 manuscript compilations (detailed descriptions and full facsimiles) of early modern women's manuscripts from a wide range of public and private collections.