Felicia Jean Steele

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When people ask what I teach, I often joke that I have "The Highlander Job" in the English department--there can be only one History of the English language specialist. My dissertation tracked changes to the modal verb system in English from Old to Middle English, primarily examining homiletic discourse. Over the years, my scholarship has focused on linguistic issues as they've manifested in British literature (in Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare), but I want to move more aggressively into corpus linguistics and digitally assisted textual scholarship, particularly on understudied British manuscripts.

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