Chief Advisor

Professor Michael Hoey

Kerry MaxwellMichael Hoey is Baines Professor of English Language and Director of the Applied English Language Studies Unit at the University of Liverpool. Since 2007 he has also been Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

His major publications include Signalling in Discourse (1979), On the Surface of Discourse (1983/91), Patterns of Lexis in Text (1991), which was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh English-Speaking Union Prize for the best book on Applied Linguistics in 1991, and the edited collection, Data Description Discourse (1993). He also wrote Textual Interaction (2001) and his most recent book is Digital Priming: A New Theory of Words and Language (2005).

He is co-editor with Tony McEnery of a series of books on Corpus Linguistics, published by Routledge, and is Chief Advisor on the Macmillan English Dictionary and Macmillan Essential Dictionary, and the author of the foreword to the Macmillan English Dictionary. His administrative roles include that of Chair of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance’s English Committee. He is also a keen supporter of CAMRA and edited a Real Ale Guide for Southport & District. So if you see him at any of the Macmillan-sponsored lectures he is giving, do be sure to tell him where the nearest microbrewery is to be found (and, even better, take him there).

Lexical Priming: A New Theory of Words and Language


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