Marcelle Cole is Assistant Professor in English Historical Linguistics at the Department of English and the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (OTS) at Utrecht University. Before her appointment at Utrecht University, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of English at Leiden University, and prior to that, at Seville University (Spain). Her research interests cover historical linguistics, language variation and change, and Old and Middle English dialects, particularly Old Northumbrian and northern Middle English. Her teaching interests also include English medieval culture and literature.

Marcelle Cole obtained her Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Seville. Her dissertation (Old Northumbrian Verbal Morphosyntax and the (Northern) Subject Rule, John Benjamins, 2014) explores verbal morphosyntax in Old Northumbrian in relation to the grammatical constraint known as the Northern Subject Rule.

She has been involved in several funded research projects focusing on Old Northumbrian as part of a long-term project on northern British English based at Seville University, in collaboration with Cardiff University. These include “The Lindisfarne Gospels Gloss: New Perspectives on the Morphosyntax and Lexis of Old Northumbrian” (2012-2014). She is currently involved in the research project “The Lindisfarne Gloss in its Dialect Context: A Comparison between Lindisfarne and the Glosses to the Durham Collectar”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology and the European Regional Development Fund (2015-2017)


Recent research

2018. A native origin for Present-Day English they, their, them. Diachronica 35 (2),165–209. (Article in peer-reviewed journal).

(In press) Towards a nuanced history of early English spelling: Old Northumbrian witnesses and northern orthography. In Revisiting the Medieval North of England: Interdisciplinary Approaches, eds. Anita Auer & Denis Renevey. University of Wales Press. (Article in volume: peer-reviewed).


Public engagement activities

Invited guest on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth "Snuck and Sung: Irregular Verbs" (10/05/2016).


Involved in the following study programme(s)
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All publications
  2018 - Articles
Cole, Marcelle (2018). A Native Origin for Present-Day English they, their, them. Diachronica, 35 (2), (pp. 165-209).
  2017 - Articles
Cole, M.P.J. (2017). Pronominal anaphoric strategies in the West Saxon dialect of Old English. English Language and Linguistics, 21 (2), (pp. 381-408 ) (28 p.).
  2016 - Book parts / chapters
Cole, Marcelle (2016). Identifying the Author(s) of the Lindisfarne Gloss: Linguistic Variation as a Diagnostic for Determining Authorship. In Julia Fernández Cuesta & S.M. Pons-Sanz (Eds.), The Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels: Language, Author and Context (pp. 169-188). Mouton de Gruyter.
  2016 - Review article
Cole, M.P.J. (2016). The Lexical Effects of Anglo-Scandinavian Linguistic Contact in Old English by Sara M. Pons-Sanz. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 115 (4), (pp. 496-498) (3 p.).
  2015 - Book parts / chapters
Cole, Marcelle (2015). The Periphrastic Subjunctive in the Old English Multiple Glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels. In Philip Shaw et al. (Eds.), From Clerks to Corpora: Essays on the English Language Yesterday and Today - Essays in honour of Nils-Lennart Johannesson (pp. 71-86). University of Stockholm.
  2014 - Books
Cole, Marcelle (2014). Old Northumbrian Verbal Morphosyntax and the (Northern) Subject Rule. (286 p.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  2012 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Cole, Marcelle (2012). The Old English origins of the Northern Subject Rule: evidence from the Lindisfarne gloss to the Gospels of John and Mark. Language Contact and Development around the North Sea (pp. 141-168). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  2008 - Articles
Cole, Marcelle (2008). What is the Northern Subject Rule? The resilience of a medieval constraint in Tyneside English. Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieval Language and Literature (SELIM), 15, (pp. 91-114).
  2004 - Books
Cole, M.P.J. (2004). Teen Scenes (Four-level EFL course). Anaya Educación.
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