QLVL members - Jack Grieve


Jack Grieve was awarded his MA in linguistics, with a focus on computational linguistics, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, in 2005, under the supervision of Dr. Paul McFetridge. His MA thesis compared different techniques for quantitative authorship attribution. He was awarded his PhD in applied linguistics, with a focus on corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics, at Northern Arizona University in 2009, under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Biber. His PhD dissertation analyzed regional grammatical variation in American English. Currently he is a Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University in the United Kingdom.


E-mail: j.grieve1@aston.ac.uk
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/jackgrieveaston/



Jack Grieve's research focuses on the use of computational, statistical, and corpus-based methods for analyzing language variation and change. His research has primarily analyzed the regional determinants of grammatical variation. In his PhD dissertation, he investigated regional grammatical variation in a corpus of letters to the editor representing the language of 200 cities from across the United States. He found that systematic regional grammatical patterns exist in written Standard American English, which correspond closely to American cultural regions. Currently, Jack is extending this research to include regional analyses of lexical and functional variation.

Jack's research also involves using corpus-based approaches to analyze social, functional and temporal linguistic variation in natural language discourse. His research has investigated numerous issues, including functional linguistic and sociolinguistic variation in blogs and variation in nominal modification strategies across eras and national standards in English newspaper writing. Jack is also interested in analyzing how these various forms of linguistic variation interact with each other and with regional variation.

Jack also conducts research in the field of quantitative authorship attribution. His MA thesis compared the performance of various authorship attribution algorithms. He is currently analyzing a case of disputed nineteenth century Greek authorship and he has recently consulted for the PBS television series History Detectives on a case of disputed Mormon authorship.

Representative publications

The following publications are representative of Jack's research. The rest of his published work can be found in the QLVL publication list.

Grieve J, Biber D, Friginal E, Nekrasova T. In press. "Variation among blog text types: A multi-dimensional analysis". In Mehler, Sharoff, Rehm and Santini (eds.) Genres on the Web: Corpus Studies and Computational Models. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Grieve J. 2009. A Corpus-Based Regional Dialect Survey of Grammatical Variation in Written Standard American English. Unpublished PhD Dissertation. University of Northern Arizona.

Grieve J. 2007. "Quantitative authorship attribution: an evaluation of techniques". Literary and Linguistic Computing 22: 251-270.