Professor Lynda Mugglestone

My research focusses on a wide range of aspects in the history of English (1750-), in its social, cultural, as well as linguistic aspects. I have particular interests in the history of pronunciation (and its representation in literary as well as non-litererary works), as well as in the history of dictionaries; my Very Short Introduction to Dictionaries (OUP, 2011) explores the history and use of the dictionary as linguistic/ cultural form, while I have written a number of books and articles on lexicography between 1700 and the present day -- including my new book on Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words (OUP, 2015), as well as earlier books on the Oxford English Dictionary. I am currently working on the English Words in War-Time Project, examining the work of Andrew Clark, a long-time contributor to the OED who, at the start of WW1, decided to make his own investigations into words and meaning as a way of tracking on-going historical change, and its representation, especially on the Home Front. For the project blog and website, click here.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas:

Old English
Middle English
History of English 1400-present day (orthography, lexis, dictionaries and grammars, language attitudes, media discourse etc)

Representing regional English in literary texts

Graduate teaching Recent graduate teaching modules  include:

  • History and approaches to the history of English
  • English in the Eighteenth Century.
  • Language and Identity in Victorian Fiction


Babbling a Dialect of France: Loanwords, French, and Johnson's Dictionary. Posted: 13 Feb 2012

Hard words, best words. words in use, writing the inventory of English.  Posted: 9 Oct 2012


The Economist’, July 2010, position piece and ‘expert guest’  in The Economist's online debate on language addressing the motion "The English-speaking world should adopt American English

‘A journey through spin’, Guest blog for OXfordWords blog.

‘Woman – or suffragette’ ?

For an extensive set of posts on language and language change in the First World War, see the English Words in War-Time Project at htttp//


  • Stranded in Time. Andrew Clark and the Language of WW1.

  • Gissing and the Auditory Imagination: Language, Identity, and Estrangement in Born in Exile.

  • Identity, enigma, assemblage: John Baskerville’s Vocabulary, or Pocket Dictionary

  • 'Conflicted Representations: Language, Lexicography, and Samul Johnson's Langscape of war'

  • Samuel Johnson and the “Shackles of Lexicography”

  • More