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Professor Dan McIntyre

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Professor Dan McIntyre

BA MA PhD (Lancaster) FHEA

Professor of English Language and Linguistics 


I am Professor of English Language and Linguistics. I work mainly in the areas of stylistics, corpus linguistics and the history of the English language, and I am particularly interested in applications for linguistics.

I studied for my BA, MA and PhD degrees in linguistics at Lancaster University and before I did my PhD I taught English as a foreign language in northern Italy.

I am Editor of Language and Literature, the journal of the international Poetics and Linguistics Association. I edit the book series Advances in Stylistics for Bloomsbury, and with Lesley Jeffries I co-edit Perspectives on the English Language for Palgrave. I am also co-editor of Babel: The Language Magazine.

Research and Scholarship

My main research interests are in stylistics, corpus linguistics and the history of the English language. My recent work has been with colleagues in the School of Computing and Engineering, and has involved developing software to produce visualisations of complex language data. The software we have developed is a web-based tool, Worldbuilder, that utilises an annotation scheme derived from Text World Theory, an influential cognitive stylistic model of human discourse processing.

I have a long-standing interest in the stylistics of dramatic texts and have recently been working on projects investigating how deaf and hard-of-hearing subtitles affect characterisation in TV drama. This work was funded initially by the British Academy.

My work on the history of the English language draws on stylistics and corpus linguistics to examine the historical development of aspects of style in English. My colleague Brian Walker and I have carried out several projects investigating the diachronic development of discourse presentation techniques in Early Modern English fiction and journalism. We have also investigated modality in Early Modern English newspapers and how this was affected by changing restrictions on freedom of the press. These projects were supported by university research grants.

I am currently writing a book with Brian Walker for Edinburgh University Press entitled Corpus Stylistics. My colleague Lesley Jeffries and I are also working on a second edition of our book Stylistics, published in the Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics series. I am also working on a second edition of my History of English textbook for Routledge.

In addition to this, I also do consultancy work in corpus-based stylistics with colleagues in Linguistics and Modern Languages, as part of our Language Unlocked project.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


McIntyre, D (2015) ‘Towards an integrated corpus stylistics’ Topics in Linguistics , 16 (1), pp. 59-68. ISSN 1337-7590

McIntyre, D. and Lugea, J. (2015) ‘The effects of deaf and hard-of-hearing subtitles on the characterisation process: a cognitive stylistic study of The Wire’ Perspectives: Studies in Translatology , 23 (1), pp. 62-88. ISSN 0907-676X

McIntyre, D (2013) ‘Language and style in David Peace’s 1974: a corpus-informed analysis’ Etudes de Stylistique Anglaise , 4, pp. 133-145. ISSN 2116-1747

McIntyre, D (2013) ‘The year’s work in stylistics 2012’ Language and Literature , 22 (4), pp. 333-347. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2012) ‘Prototypical characteristics of blockbuster movie dialogue: a corpus stylistic analysis’ Texas Studies in Literature and Language , 54 (3), pp. 402-25. ISSN 0040-4691

McIntyre, D (2012) ‘Book Review: The Story of English by Philip Gooden’ Babel: The Language Magazine (1), p. 22. ISSN 0521-9744

McIntyre, D (2012) ‘The year’s work in stylistics 2011’ Language and Literature , 21 (4), pp. 402-415. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2011) ‘The year’s work in stylistics 2010’ Language and Literature , 20 (4), pp. 347-364. ISSN 0963-9470

Mahlberg, M. and McIntyre, D. (2011) ‘A case for corpus stylistics: analysing Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale’ English Text Construction , 4 (2), pp. 204-227. ISSN 1874-8767

McIntyre, D. and Walker, B. (2011) ‘Discourse presentation in Early Modern English writing: a preliminary corpus-based investigationInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics , 16 (1), pp. 101-130. ISSN 1384-6655

McIntyre, D (2010) ‘The year’s work in stylistics 2009’ Language and Literature , 19 (4), pp. 396-411. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D. and Archer, D. (2010) ‘A corpus-based approach to mind style’ Journal of Literary Semantics , 39 (2), pp. 167-182. ISSN 0341-7638

Busse, B., McIntyre, D., Nørgaard, N. and Toolan, M. (2010) ‘John McGahern’s stylistic and narratological art’ Lexis , 5, pp. 101-131.

McIntyre, D (2009) ‘Stylistics’ The Year’s Work in English Studies , 87 (1), pp. 124-136.

McIntyre, D (2009) ‘Book Review: Muses and Measures: Empirical Research Methods for the Humanities by Willie van Peer, Jemeljan Hakemulder and Sonia Zyngier’ Language and Literature , 18 (1), pp. 92-94. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2008) ‘Integrating multimodal analysis and the stylistics of drama: a multimodal perspective on Ian McKellen's Richard IIILanguage and Literature , 17 (4), pp. 309-334. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2008) ‘The Language of Work by Almut Koester (Book Review)’ Language and Literature , 17 (3), pp. 273-276. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2007) ‘Trusting the text: Corpus linguistics and stylistics (book review)’ International journal of corpus linguistics , 12 (4), pp. 563-575. ISSN 1384-6655

Alderson, J. and McIntyre, D. (2006) ‘Implementing and evaluating a self-assessment mechanism for the web-based Language and Style course’ Language and Literature , 15 (3), pp. 291-306. ISSN 0963-9470

McIntyre, D (2005) ‘Logic, reality and mind style in Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van’ Journal of Literary Semantics , 34 (1), pp. 21-40. ISSN 0341-7638

McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J. and McEnery, T. (2004) ‘Investigating the presentation of speech, writing and thought in spoken British English: A corpus-based approach’ ICAME Journal: International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (28), pp. 49-76. ISSN 0801-5775

McIntyre, D (2004) ‘Point of View in Drama: A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis of Dennis Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle’ Language and Literature , 13 (2), pp. 139-160. ISSN 09639470

McIntyre, D (2003) ‘Using Foregrounding Theory as a Teaching Methodology in a Stylistics Course’ Style , 37 (1), pp. 1-13.

McIntyre, D (2001) ‘Structure and meaning in conversation and literature by Raymond F. Person Jr. (book review)’ Language and Literature , 10 (3), pp. 271-273. ISSN 0963-9470


Jeffries, L. and McIntyre, D. (2011) Teaching Stylistics . Teaching the New English. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 9780230235878

Jeffries, L. and McIntyre, D. (2010) Stylistics . Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. : Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521728690

McIntyre, D (2010) Language and Style . Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 9780230231573

McIntyre, D (2008) History of English: a resource book for students . Routledge English Language Introductions. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415444309

Jeffries, L., McIntyre, D. and Bousfield, D. (2007) Stylistics and social cognition . PALA Papers. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN 9789042023123

McIntyre, D (2006) Point of View in Plays: a cognitive stylistic approach to viewpoint in drama and other text-types . Linguistic Approaches to Literature. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN 978 90 272 3335 6


Jeffries, L. and McIntyre, D. (2017) ‘Teaching stylistics’, in Knights, B. (ed.) Teaching Literature: Text and Dialogue in the English Classroom. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

McIntyre, D. and Bousfield, D. (2017) ‘(Im)politeness in fictional texts’, in Culpeper, J., Haugh, M. and Kádár, D. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness, pp. 759-83. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Culpeper, J. and McIntyre, D. (2015) ‘Historical linguistics’. In: Exploring Language and Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 245-273. ISBN 978-1107662506

McIntyre, D (2015) ‘Dialogue: credibility versus realism in fictional speech’. In: The Bloomsbury Companion to Stylistics. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 430-443. ISBN 978-1441160058

Walker, B. and McIntyre, D. (2015) ‘Thinking about the news : thought presentation in early modern English news writing’. In: Corpora and Discourse Studies. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 175-191. ISBN 9781137431721

McIntyre, D (2014) ‘Characterisation’. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 149-164. ISBN 9781107028876

McIntyre, D (2014) ‘Integrating multimodal analysis and the stylistics of drama: a multimodal perspective on Ian McKellen’s Richard III’. In: Stylistics: A Resource Book for Students. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 229-242. ISBN 9780415644976

McIntyre, D (2013) ‘Context, cognition, discourse, history: Peter Verdonk’s stylistics of poetry’. In: The Stylistics of Poetry: Context, Cognition, Discourse, History. London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 1-9. ISBN 9781441167903

McIntyre, D (2012) ‘Corpora and literature’. In: Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell. . ISBN 978-1-4051-9473-0

McIntyre, D. and Walker, B. (2012) ‘Annotating a corpus of Early Modern English writing for categories of discourse presentation’. In: Unité et diversité de la linguistique. Lyon, France: Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon. pp. 87-107. ISBN 978-2-36442-013-7

McIntyre, D (2012) ‘Corpus stylistics in the classroom’. In: Pedagogical Stylistics: Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT. London: Continuum. pp. 113-125. ISBN 9781441140104

McIntyre, D (2011) ‘Integrating multimodal analysis and the stylistics of drama: a multimodal perspective on Ian McKellen’s Richard III’. In: Shakespearean Criticism. Farmington Hills, MI USA: Gale. . ISBN 9781414471426

Jeffries, L. and McIntyre, D. (2011) ‘Introduction to Teaching Stylistics’. In: Teaching Stylistics. Basingstoke: Palgrave. pp. 1-5. ISBN 9780230235878

McIntyre, D (2011) ‘The place of stylistics in the English curriculum’. In: Teaching Stylistics. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 9-29. ISBN 9780230235878

Short, M., McIntyre, D., Jeffries, L. and Bousfield, D. (2011) ‘Processes of interpretation: using meta-analysis to inform pedagogic practice’.In: Teaching Stylistics. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 69-94. ISBN 9780230235878

Bousfield, D. and McIntyre, D. (2011) ‘Emotion and empathy in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas: a case study of the “funny guy” scene’. In: Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Language of Films and Television Series. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins. pp. 105-123. ISBN 978 90 272 8515 7

Culpeper, J. and McIntyre, D. (2010) ‘Activity types and characterisation in dramatic discourse’. In: Characters in Fictional Worlds. : De Gruyter. . ISBN 9783110232417

McIntyre, D. and Culpeper, J. (2010) ‘Activity types, incongruity and humour in dramatic discourse’. In: Language and Style. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 204-224. ISBN 9780230231573

McIntyre, D (2010) ‘Dialogue and characterisation in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs: a corpus stylistic analysis’. In: Language and Style. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 162-182. ISBN 9780230231566

Busse, B. and McIntyre, D. (2010) ‘Language, literature and stylistics’. In: Language and Style. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 3-14. ISBN 9780230231566

McIntyre, D. and Walker, B. (2010) ‘How Can Corpora be Used to Explore the Language of Poetry and Drama?’. In: The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 516-530. ISBN 9780415464895

McIntyre, D (2008) ‘Using foregrounding theory as a teaching methodology in a stylistics course’. In: Recent Development in Western Stylistics. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Languages Education Press. pp. 419-436.

McIntyre, D (2008) ‘Point of view in drama: an analysis of 'Brimstone and Treacle'’. In: The language and literature reader. : Routledge. pp. 219-229. ISBN 9780415410021

McIntyre, D (2007) ‘Deixis, cognition and the construction of viewpoint’. In: Contemporary stylistics. : Continuum. pp. 118-130. ISBN 9780826493859

McIntyre, D. and Culpeper, J. (2005) ‘Drama: stylistic aspects’. In: Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. : Elsevier. pp. 772-785. ISBN 9780080442990

McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J., McEnery, T., Semino, E. and Short, M. (2003) ‘The construction of a corpus to investigate the presentation of speech, thought and writing in written and spoken British English’. In: University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language Technical Papers. Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University. pp. 513-522. ISBN 1 86220 131 5.

McIntyre, D (2002) ‘Viewpoint and characterisation in Dennis Potter's 'Brimstone and Treacle'’. In: Textuak secrets: the message of the medium. Budapest: Eotvos Lorand University. pp. 423-429. ISBN 9789634635994


Venters, C. C., Seyff, N., Becker, C., Betz, S., Chitchyan, R., Duboc, L., Easterbrook, S. M., McIntyre, D. and Penzenstadler, B. (2017) ‘Characterising sustainability requirements: a new species, red herring or just an odd fish?’ ICSE 17: Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering. 20-28 May. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Wang, J., Ho, Y., Xu, Z., McIntyre, D. and Lugea, J. (2016) ‘A Visualization Method for Understanding Forensic Statements’. In: IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis), 23rd-28th October 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Wang, J., Ho, Y., Xu, Z., McIntyre, D. and Lugea, J. (2016) ‘The Visualisation of Cognitive Structures in Forensic Statements’. In: 20th International Conference Information Visualisation, 19th - 22nd July 2016, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal


Series editorships

Advances in Stylistics (Bloomsbury, 2010 – date)

Perspectives on the English Language (Palgrave, 2009 – date)

Journal editorships

Editor, Language and Literature (Sage, 2017 – date)

Magazine editorships

Babel: The Language Magazine (November 2012 – date)

Lingo: The Language Magazine for Young People (January 2015 – 2016)

Editorial board member

Etudes de Stylistique Anglaise (SSA, 2010 – date)


  • ‘Just what is corpus stylistics?’ 10th Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Birmingham, UK. (July 2017)

  • ‘From steam to software: on the use of computers in stylistics.’ 37th Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, West Chester University at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. (July 2017)

  • ‘Language in light: stylistics on screen.’ German Association of English Studies (Deutscher Anglistenverband), University of Hamburg, Germany. (September 2016)

  • ‘Corpora, cognition and steam: towards a new mainstream in stylistics.’ Stylistics on the Frontiers/La stylistique des Frontières, Colloque International, Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, France. (November 2015)

  • ‘Corpora, cognition and steam.’ 6th Nitra Conference on Discourse Studies, Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia. (March 2015)

  • ‘Credibility versus realism in fictional speech.’ 6th Conference of the International Association for Literary Semantics, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. (July 2014)

  • ‘Language in light: the stylistics of subtitling.’ (With Jane Lugea), Undergraduate English Language and Linguistics Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. (May 2014)

  • ‘The stylistics of subtitling: the impact of deaf and hard-of-hearing subtitles on characterisation.’ Interdisciplinary Approaches to Translation (InATra), Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland. (March 2014)

  • ‘Subtitling and characterisation.’ 33rd Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Heidelberg University, Germany. (July 2013)

  • ‘Reporting the news: discourse presentation in a corpus of Early Modern English news writing.’ SLIN (Storia della Lingua Inglese) 16, University of Genoa, Italy. (June 2013)

  • ‘POPs, PUSHes and point of view: a cognitive approach to viewpoint.’ Pragmatic Stylistics Workshop, Middlesex University, UK. (July 2008)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Conference organisation

  • 7th Conference of the International Association of Literary Semantics. University of Huddersfield, 10-12 April 2017 (Co-organiser)

  • Stylistics Research Centre 10th Anniversary Symposium. University of Huddersfield, 25 June 2015 (Co-organiser)

  • Corpus Linguistics for A-Level English Language teachers. University of Huddersfield, 10 July 2013 (Co-organiser)

  • Statistics for Linguistics. University of Huddersfield, 14-15 June 2012 (Co-organiser)

  • English Language for A-Level Teachers. University of Huddersfield, 22 June 2012 (Co-organiser)

  • Stylistics: Anglo-French Perspectives. University of Huddersfield, 8 June 2012 (Co-organiser)

  • Stylistics for A-Level Teachers. University of Huddersfield, 28 June 2011 (Organiser)

  • Stylistics: Eclecticism and Interdisciplinarity. University of Huddersfield, 10-11 May 2007 (Co-organiser)

  • Stylistics and Social Cognition: 25th Annual Conference of the international Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), University of Huddersfield, 18-23 July 2005 (Co-organiser)

External examining of research degrees

  • University of Glasgow, Lancaster University (4), University of Malaya, University of Nottingham (4), University of Sheffield, University of Sussex

Visiting appointments

  • Tutor, PALA Summer School, University of Maribor, Slovenia (July 2014)

  • Tutor, PALA Summer School, UCR Utrecht University, The Netherlands (August 2012)

  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Heidelberg, Germany (May 2012)

  • Visiting Lecturer, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon 3), France (April 2009)

Research degree supervision

I am currently Main Supervisor for six PhD students, working on a diverse range of topics:

  • Emma Andrews - Foreshadowing in audio-description

  • Mark Boardman - A stylistic analysis of the concept of self in Emily Dickinson’s work

  • Muteaa Hamruni - A corpus analysis of newspaper representations of the Arab Spring

  • Sawsan Hassan - Representations of religion in UK newspapers, 2001-2008

  • Sara Ingham - Cognitive stylistic approaches to characterisation, with special reference to the work of Terry Pratchett

  • Hazel Price - The discursive construction of mental health in UK newspapers (1983-2013): a critical corpus linguistic analysis

My previous PhD students include:

  • Dr Muhammad Alsuweed (Associate Professor, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia) - Accessing Dickens’s style as an EFL learner: a corpus stylistic approach to lexical style

  • Dr Marcus Bridle (Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Japan) - Error correction through corpus consultation in EAP writing: an analysis of corpus use in a pre-sessional context

  • Dr Aisha Dukali - Difficulties in the use of lexical collocations by Libyan learners of English as a foreign language

  • Dr Ulrike Tabbert (Senior Public Prosecutor, Schwerin, Germany) - Crime through a corpus: the linguistic construction of offenders, victims and crimes in the German and UK press

  • Dr Andrea Tang (EFL Teacher, China) - Narration and speech and thought presentation in comics

  • Dr Mao Ye (Entrepreneur) - Evaluating English translations of ancient Chinese poetry with special reference to image schemas and foregrounding

I am happy to receive applications for PhD research in any of the areas in which I work, particularly the following:

  • Corpus stylistics

  • Linguistic issues in subtitling and audio-description for television and film

  • Discourse presentation in historical forms of English

  • The stylistics of languages other than English

Feel free to contact me if you have an idea for a project that does not fit these topic areas but which you think I may be interested in supervising.

Enterprise activities

Babel: The Language Magazine (2012 – date)

I am co-editor of Babel, a magazine aimed at popularising linguistics for non-specialists; for more information visit

Lingo: The Language Magazine for Young People (2015 – date)

I am co-editor of Lingo, a magazine aimed at popularising linguistics to school students; for more information visit

Language Unlocked (2012 – date)

I am Director of Language Unlocked, a language consultancy based in the department of Linguistics and Modern Languages. Our previous clients include Unions 21, the UK Green Party and Intensichem.

Edexcel (2012-13)

I developed sample materials for integrating corpus linguistics into the English Language A-Level curriculum.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Research Coordinator for Linguistics and Modern Languages

  • Unit of Assessment Coordinator for Linguistics and Modern Languages

  • Member of School Research Committee (School of Music Humanities and Media)

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am currently Module Leader for the following modules:

  • AML1118 Stylistics (Postgraduate MA)

  • AHL3504 Audiovisual Translation (Undergraduate Year 3)

  • AHL2507 Corpus Linguistics (Undergraduate Year 2)

  • AFL1504 History of English (Undergraduate Year 1)

I also teach on the following module:

  • AHL3512 Forensic Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics

I am also available to supervise BA and MA dissertations.