Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley started her academic career in Britain, receiving her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Lancaster, then lecturing at Manchester University and UMIST. She moved in 1993 to the University of Toulouse 2, where she developed courses and carried out research in computer-aided corpus linguistics. Throughout her career, her interest has been in how readers construct meaning, and more specifically complex discourse structures, on the basis of linear information from written text. As an emeritus professor, she now enjoys sharing linguistic knowledge more broadly – via
a linguistic blog aimed at a wide audience (https://bling.hypotheses.org/), as well as the trans-disciplinary project ProusTime, to be presented at ESOF 2018.