Ian Lancashire

Professor; Retired Faculty; Graduate Faculty
John P. Robarts Research Library, Room 7061, 130 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5. Mailing Address: New College, Room 67, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1C6
(416) 938-7829

Areas of Interest

  • Early Modern English lexicography
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Poetry


Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers. General editor. 5 vols. Old English (Christine Franzen), Middle English (Christine Franzen), 16th Century (Rod McConchie), 17th Century (John Considine), 18th century (Anne McDermott). Ashgate, 2012.

The Lexicons of Early Modern English (Toronto: University of Toronto Press and University of Toronto Library, 2006-). 

"Semantic Drift in Shakespeare and Early Modern English full-text corpora." English Corpus Linguistics: Crossing Paths. Ed. Merja Kytö (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012): 181-96.

Representative Poetry Online. Editor. 1st ed., 1994; 2n ed., 2002; 3rd ed., 2012-.

“William Cecil and the Rectification of English.” The Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms. Ed. Carol Percy and Mary Catherine Davidson (Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2012): 39-62.

"Early Modern English Semantics and Lexicon." Historical Linguistics of English: An International Handbook (Mouton de Gruyter). Ed. Alexander Bergs and Laurel Brinton. Mouton de Gruyter, 2012.

The Flores of Ouide (1513): An Early Tudor Latin-English Textbook.” Words in Dictionaries and History: Essays in Honour of R.W. McConchie. Eds. Olga Timofeeva and Tanja Säily (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011): 3-16.

Xuan Le, Ian Lancashire, Graeme Hirst, and Regina Jokel. “Longitudinal Detection of Dementia through Lexical and Syntactic Changes in Writing: A Case Study of Three British Novelists.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 26.4 (2011): 435-461.

Forgetful Muses: Reading the Author in the Text (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).

"Cybertextuality by the Numbers." Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects of Digitization on Ideas, Behaviors, Products and Institutions. Ed. Willard McCarty (Cambridge: Open Book, 2010): 37-69.

"SGML, Interpretation, and the Two Muses: A critique of TEI P3 from the End of the Century," Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics, ed. Gabriel Egan (Tempe, Arizona: Iter and ACMRS, 2010): 105-19.

“Why did Tudor England have no Monolingual English Dictionary?” Webs of Words: New Studies in Historical Lexicography, ed. John Considine (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010): 8-23.

“Digital Pedagogy: Taming the Palantíri.” Teaching Literature at a Distance: Open, Online and Blended Learning. Ed. Takis Kayalis and Anastasia Natsina (London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010): 79-86.

Teaching Literature and Language Online. Editor. (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009). 

"Cybertextuality and Philology." Digital Literary Studies, ed. Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman (Oxford: Blackwell's, 2007): 415-33.

"The Two Tongues of Early Modern English." Managing Chaos, ed. Christopher Cain, Studies in the History of English II (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007): 115-53.

"Computing the Lexicons of Early Modern English." The Changing Face of Corpus Linguistics, ed. Antoinette Renouf, in Language and Computers: Studies in Practical Linguistics (Rodopi, 2006).

"Recovering Parody in Teaching Poetry Online." Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 52 (April 2006): 35-57.

"Law and Early Modern English Lexicons." HEL-LEX: New Approaches in English Historical Lexis, ed. Roderick McConchie, Heli Tissari and Olga Timofeeva (Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 2006). 

Computing the Lexicons of Early Modern English. "The Changing Face of Corpus Linguistics, ed. Antoinette Renouf, in Language and Computers: Studies in Practical Linguistics (Rodopi, 2006).

"Cybertextuality." Text Technology. Winter 2005. 

"Computers in the Literary and Linguistic Humanities." International Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2nd edn. (Elsevier, 2005).

"Cognitive Stylistics and the Literary Imagination." Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (Oxford: Blackwell's, 2004). 

"The Perils of Firsts: Dating Rawlinson MS Poet. 108 and Tracing the Development of Monolingual English Lexicons." Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding Conversations, Ed. Anne L. Curzan and Kimberley Emmonds (Mouton: Walter de Gruyter, 2004).

"The Lexicons of Early Modern English."Text Technology 12.1 (2003): 29-42.

"Ninsei Street, Chiba City, in Gibson's Neuromancer," Science-Fiction Studies 30 (July 2003): 341-46.

"`Dumb Significants' and Early Modern English Definition," Literacy, Narrative and Culture, ed. J. Brockmeier, Min Wang, and David R. Olson (Curzon, 2002): 131-54.

Early Modern English Dictionaries Database (database; 1996-99).

"Probing Shakespeare’s Idiolect in Troilus and Cressida, 1.3. 1-29," University of Toronto Quarterly 68.3 (Summer 1999): 728-67.

Tracing the Trail of Time (co-editor; 1997).

Using TACT With Electronic Texts (MLA, 1996). 

Synchronic Corpus Linguistics  (co-editor; Rodopi, 1996). 

Early Dictionary Databases (co-editor; CCH, 1994).

Computer-Based Chaucer Studies (editor; CCH, 1993). 

The Humanities Computing Yearbook 1989/1990: A Comprehensive Guide to Software and Other Resources (Clarendon Press, 1991; also co-editor for 1988 [1989]).

Research in Humanities Computing 1 (co-editor; Clarendon Press, 1991).

Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: A Topological Chronology to 1558 (University of Toronto Press, 1984).

Two Tudor Interludes, Revels Plays (editor; Manchester University Press, 1980).

Current Research

"A book on the making of the Early Modern English lexicon. LEME. RPO. Authoring and mental illness."


BA, University of Manitoba
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto