Marc Alexander

Biography of Marc Alexander

Marc Alexander
Marc Alexander

Marc Alexander is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. He is the third Director of the Historical Thesaurus of English and works on the semantic development of English, particularly on the relationships between language, rhetoric, culture, and history.

He joined the Historical Thesaurus team in 2003, initially as a part-time section editor, moving to become deputy to Professor Christian Kay and eventually the project’s director in 2014. He was awarded a PhD at Glasgow based in part on Thesaurus material in 2011. He also created the Hansard Corpus of two centuries of parliamentary speech, and led the SAMUELS project on semantic tagging using the Historical Thesaurus, which was named after his predecessor Professor Michael Samuels. He accepted the University's Queen's Anniversary Prize for the Thesaurus in 2017, and he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2019.


Marc Alexander
University Link: Graduate, Professor, Staff
GU Degrees: MA, MPhil, PhD,
Occupation categories: language scholars
Record last updated: 8th Oct 2020

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