Abstraction: A Literary History

My dissertation, and now book, project, traces the literary history of abstract language across especially the long eighteenth century. A prose-with-visuals summary of (a large part of) the project is here. Click for more information.

Keydata Project

I am directing a new collaborative digital humanities project based working at the intersection of computational semantics and conceptual history—the title alluding to Raymond Williams' classic 1976 text, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Co-directed with Pete de Bolla, Prof. of English there, and bringing together linguists, computer scientists, literary scholars, historians of political thought, and others, to join in a shared knowledge project.

Computational Prosody


Personhood Project


Word Vectors in the 18th Cent.