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Dr. Mark Faulkner

Ussher Assistant Professor (English)


Mark Faulkner was appointed as Ussher Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature in September 2016, after four years as Lecturer in Medieval English at the University of Sheffield. Prior to that he taught at University College Cork, Swansea University and the University of Oxford, where he studied for his D. Phil. His research focuses on medieval writing in its manuscript, historical and linguistic contexts, particularly in the long twelfth century.
  Anglo-Saxon Culture   Early Middle English   Historical Linguistics   manuscript studies   Medieval Latin Literature   Old English   religious history & culture
 Big Dating: Using Big Data to Date Medieval Texts
 Big Data and Medieval Texts
 Trinity Corpus of Old English from the Twelfth Century (TOXIIC)

Details Date
Reviewer of funding applications for Icelandic Research Fund and Churchill College, Cambridge 2019-Present
Reviewer of book proposals for Routledge 2019
PhD examiner for Joana Blanquer, 'The Calendar and the Scop: Beowulf as an Example of Anglo-Saxon Discourses on Time' (TCD) 2019
PhD examiner for Nina Baker, 'Peter Lombard on Titus and Philemon: tracing patterns in Parisian manuscripts made before c. 1250' (TCD) 2019
Details Date From Date To
Early English Text Society
Anglo-Norman Text Society
International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England
Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections
Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland
Corpus Philology, Big Dating and Bottom-Up Periodisation in, editor(s)Stephen Pink Anthony Lappin , Dark Archives: the medieval unread and unreadable, 2021, [Mark Faulkner], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
English in, editor(s)Anthony Grant , The Oxford Handbook of Language Contact, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, pp374 - 387, [Mark Faulkner and Joan Beal], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Quantifying the Consistency of 'Standard' Old English Spelling, Transactions of the Philological Society, 118, (1), 2020, p192 - 205, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mark Faulkner, 'Medieval Manuscripts', Oxford Bibliographies Online, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019, -, Bibliography, filmography, etc., PUBLISHED  DOI
The Eadwine Psalter and Twelfth-Century English Vernacular Literary Culture in, editor(s)Tamara Atkin Francis Leneghan , The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: from the Conversion to the Reformation, Cambridge, D. S. Brewer, 2017, pp72 - 107, [Mark Faulkner], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Dublin, Trinity College, MS 492: A New Witness to the Old English Bede and its Twelfth-Century Context, Anglia: Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie, 135, (2), 2017, p274 - 290, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, The Twelfth-Century Annotations to the Old English Hexateuch: Some Corrected Readings, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 30, (1), 2017, p6 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Mark Faulkner, Linguistic Evidence for the Compilation of Twelfth-Century Manuscripts containing Old English: the case of Cotton Vespasian D. xiv, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 118, 2017, p279 - 316, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Orderic and English in, editor(s)Charles C. Rozier Daniel Roach Giles E. M. Gaspar Elisabeth van Houts , Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations, Woodbridge, Boydell, 2016, pp100 - 126, [Mark Faulkner], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Mark Faulkner, Further Evidence for Knowledge of Werferth's Translation of Gregory's Dialogues at Canterbury around 1200, Notes and Queries, 63, (4), 2016, p514 - 515, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Mark Faulkner, Review of Language and Chronology: Text Dating by Machine Learning, by Gregory Toner and Xiwu Han , Linguist List, 2020, Review, SUBMITTED
Mark Faulkner, Language, Authenticity and Forgery: some early twelfth-century Canterbury fakes, Medieval History Research Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of Conquest and Transformation, The Oxford English Literary History, Vol. 1, 1000-1350, by Laura Ashe , Review of English Studies, 69, 2018, p967-971 , Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Language, Culture and Identity in England, 1066-1215, Medieval Cultures Seminar, Queen's University Belfast, May, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of Studies in Linguistic Variation and Change: From Old to Middle English, by Fabienne Toupin and Brian Lowrey , Linguist List, 28.810, 2017, Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of The Oxford Psalter (Bodleian MS Douce 320), by Ian Short , Speculum, 92, 2017, p1251-2 , Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of The Long Twelfth Century View of the Anglo-Saxon Past, by Martin Brett and David A. Woodman , English Historical Review, 131, 2016, p876-8 , Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest, by Tom Licence , Speculum, 91, 2016, p522-3 , Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Review of The Peterborough Version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Rewriting Post-Conquest History, by Malasree Home , The Mediaeval Journal, 6, (1), 2016, p136-9 , Review, PUBLISHED
Mark Faulkner, Not to Put too Fine a Point on It: method and madness in medieval manuscript punctuation, Punctuation in Practice, Frei Universitat, Berlin, June, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Arts and Humanities Research Council, PhD Scholarship 2005-2008
Griffiths Memorial Student in the History of the Book 2004-2005
My research focuses on medieval literature in its manuscript, historical and linguistic contexts, particularly in the long twelfth century (c. 1042 - 1215). The twelfth century was a period of dramatic political, cultural and linguistic change, in which the Latin and English literate cultures of late Anglo-Saxon England were shifted into a new configuration with Latin and French as the prestige languages. My work has focused on three main elements: - Placing the production, reception and use of surviving twelfth-century texts in detailed regional, cultural and political contexts. - Augmenting the number of English texts known to have been written in the twelfth century. - Comprehending in greater detail the linguistic history of twelfth-century English, to facilitate the redating of texts and to understand the sociolinguistic constraints which affected those using English. Much of my research is concerned with telling the story of particular manuscripts: when and where they were written, and who read them and why. To do this as thoroughly as possible, I use a wide range of methodologies from literary studies, linguistics, history, palaeography and codicology. Recently, I have been exploring using large corpora and data analytics to assist in this work. With the help of funding from the Irish Research Council, I hosted a colloquium on Big Data and Medieval Studies: the Present and Future of Medieval Text Archives in June 2017, and from 2019-2024 I will hold a Provost's Project Award for Medieval Big Dating, which will explore quantitative and perhaps computational methods to develop 'big data' techniques to assist in the dating of texts from the Old and early Middle English periods.