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Teaching

I have taught on a number of topics related to English Language and Linguistics, including the history of the English language, stylistics, and cognitive linguistics. Modules I teach and/or convene include:

  • EN4305 Foundations of English
  • EN5313 Researching Cestrian English
  • EN5314 Roots & Development of English
  • EN5316 Advances in English
  • EN6310 English Language Dissertation
  • EN7403 Advanced Syntax and Phonology
  • EN7411 Change in Contemporary English
  • EN7404 Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics,
  • EN7405 Dissertation

Research

My main research interests are in the history of the English language, in particular Middle English vocabulary, Middle English dialectology, and the use of onomastic data for the analysis of regional dialect lexis and phonology. I am currently exploring the ways in which medieval tax documents can be used to further our understanding of Middle English dialect distribution.

I am committed to public outreach, and have taken my research to primary schools and heritage sites in an effort to widen public awareness of the history of the English language.

I have been engaged in collaborative research with Dàibhidh Grannd (University of Glasgow) since 2018, during which time we have investigated the ways in which local awareness of and interest in Guernésiais (a variety of Norman-French spoken on the island of Guernsey) can be improved as part of an effort to prevent this endangered language from being lost. In 2019, we secured funding from the States of Guernsey to record local speakers and their pronunciation of local place-names, and hope that this project will begin in 2021. 

From 2014 to 2017 I worked on the Family Names of the United Kingdom research project at the University of the West of England, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In this role, I contributed to a dictionary of UK family names, published as the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland in 2016. From 2017-2018 I worked as a Research Fellow on the Technical Language and Semantic Shift in Middle English project at the University of Westminster.

Published Work

Publications:

Parkin, H. (forthcoming). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Parkin, H. (forthcoming). ‘Hereditary surname establishment in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds: a diachronic analysis’. In S. Bassett & A. J. Spedding (Eds.), Names, texts and landscapes in the Middle Ages: a memorial volume for Duncan Probert. Stamford: Paul Watkins.

Parkin, H. (2018), ‘The value of recent records, historical context, and genealogy in surname research’, Nomina 39, pp. 1–20.

Rambousek, A., H. Parkin and A. Horak (2018), ‘Software tools for big data resources in family names dictionaries’, Names: A Journal of Onomastics 66, 4, pp. 246–255.

Parkin, H. (2017), Your City’s Place-Names: Leeds. Nottingham: English Place Name Society.

Hanks, P. and H. Parkin (2016), ‘Family names’, in C. Hough (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 214–236.

Hanks, P. et al. (2016), The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Parkin, H. (2015a), ‘English regional dialect lexis in the names and occupations of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds: a reassessment of the relationship between names and dialects’, Dialectologia et Geolinguistica 23, 1, pp. 24–37.

Parkin, H. (2015b), ‘The fourteenth-century poll tax returns and the study of English surname distribution’, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 48, 1, pp. 1–12.

Parkin, H. (2015c), ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project Report’, Nomina 38, pp. 116–130.

Parkin, H. (2015d), BOOK REVIEW: ‘George Redmonds: A Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames’, Nomina 38, pp. 139–142.

Parkin, D. H. (2014a), ‘The onomastic data of the fourteenth-century poll tax returns: a case for further dialectological study of late medieval English’, Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 49, 2, pp. 33–61.

Parkin, D. H. (2014b), Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds, 1381 to c1600. Unpublished PhD thesis: University of the West of England, Bristol.

Parkin, D. H. (2013), ‘Surname typology and the problem of inconsistent classification’, Names: A Journal of Onomastics 61, 4, pp. 200–211.

Parkin, D. H. (2011), BOOK REVIEW: ‘Debbie Kennett: The surnames handbook: a guide to family name research in the 21st century’, Nomina 34, pp. 149–151.

Conference contributions and research seminars:

‘Patterns of borrowing, obsolescence and semantic shift in the technical vocabulary of Middle English (co-author Louise Sylvester)’, to be presented at the International Conference on Middle English, Florence, Italy, February 2019.

‘Investigating semantic shift: a semantic-hierarchical approach (co-author Louise Sylvester)’, presented at the International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Edinburgh, August 2018.

‘Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds’, presented at the University of Westminster English Language and Linguistics Research Seminar Series, University of Westminster, March 2018.

‘Technical language and semantic shift’, presented at the Bristol Centre for Linguistics Research Seminar Series, University of the West of England, February 2018.

‘Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds’, presented at the 2017 SNSBI Spring Conference, March 2017.

‘Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds: a model for Kent’, presented at Kent Places and People: A joint conference between the Centre for Kent History and Heritage and Kent Archaeological Society, November 2016.

‘West Midlands English dialect revealed by tax returns’, presented at the Bristol Centre for Linguistics Research Seminar Series, University of the West of England, October 2014.

‘Wool Trade Surnames in the Cotswolds: Regional Identity and Names in the 1381 Poll Tax Returns’, presented at the iMean 3 conference 2013, Bristol, April 2013.

Qualifications

BA, PhD (UWE).

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy