Professor Antoinette Renouf

Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics

School of English

Antoinette Renouf holds degrees from the Universities of East Anglia and Essex. Her research interests include lexis and lexical semantics, with particular focus on the relationship between textual word patterning and meaning; and automated text analysis for application in document retrieval and knowledge management. She is internationally known as a pioneer in the field of Corpus Linguistics.

She has held appointments at several Universities. At the University of Birmingham, she was co-director of the innovative COBUILD project. Then, in 1990, as Director of the new ‘Research and Development Unit for English Language Studies’ (RDUELS), she won the first ever arts-based research grant from the Science Research Council (then SERC), for her AVIATOR project.

In 1993, she was invited to take her Unit, renamed the ‘Research and Development Unit for English Studies’ (RDUES), to the University of Liverpool, where from 1993-2004, she completed four further major EPSRC/DTI and industry-funded projects, ACRONYM, APRIL, WEBCORP and SHARES, before bringing the Unit to Birmingham City University. Here, she has won and completed a further two major ESPRC-funded projects: WebCorpLSE and Repulsion.

She is the editor of one volume, co-editor of two volumes, and has written over fifty essays in the field of Corpus Linguistics. She was Chair of the Advisory Board of ICAME (International Computer Archive of Modern and Mediaeval English)  for 6 years, and has been a member for over 30 years. She has been an Overseas Scientific Advisor to the Finnish Research Council for 12 years, and a Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University from 2008-11; with invitations pending as Guest Professor to Beihang University, Beijing, and as Distinguished Overseas professor at Sanda University, Shanghai.

She is an invited speaker at universities and conferences around the world. She is currently writing up strands of her research, one aiming to be a book on neology.