On behalf of the research network ENGLISH LINGUISTICS CIRCLE (ELC), we are pleased to announce the 33rd ELC Research Seminar (online). Details follow here:


Date and time: Tuesday 9 November, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, via Microsoft Teams  

Speaker:  Professor Dr Claudia Claridge

Title of talk: The pragmatics of intensifiers in the Late Modern English courtroom


Registration is free, but required. The registration form can be found at:


Upon registration, a link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the seminar.


ELC seminars are intended for members of staff and MA and PhD students at Departments of English and, more generally, for anyone interested in linguistics.


Brief profile: 

Claudia Claridge holds an MA (1992) from the University of Bamberg and a PhD (1999) from the University of Chemnitz, with the thesis “Multi-word Verbs in Early Modern English”. In 2007 she obtained a position as Full Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and in 2015 she moved to the University of Augsburg, where she is Professor and Chair.

She has published widely on phraseology, pragmatic markers, intensifiers, historical pragmatics, genre evolution, and the development of history writing. Some of her recent journal articles include “A little something goes a long way: LITTLE in the Old Bailey corpus” (Journal of English Linguistics 49, 2021), “Degree and related phenomena in the history of English: evidence of usage and pathways of change” (Journal of English Linguistics 49, 2021),  “Entirely innocent: a historical sociopragmatic analysis of maximizers in the Old Bailey Corpus” (English Language and Linguistics 24, 2020), and “NOW in the historical courtroom: users and functions” (Journal of Historical Pragmatics 19, 2018).