[A short introduction here.]
I am currently working on my PhD thesis on independent infinitive constructions in Middle and Early Modern English. These constructions have a variety of functions, such as expressing directives (Thys to be delyvered to my newey James Calthorp of Cocthorpe) and exclamations (O most wicked treachere, to gusche the droppes of innocent bloud, yea, of suche as perhaps hath saued often thers!). My study focuses on the pragmatics of the constructions and genre differences in their use.
I am also part of Scientific Thought-styles project, compiling corpora of historical medical texts and doing research on them.