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All the contributors to this course are listed by A-Z, with a summary of their research interests and
a link to their personal profiles.

Laurence Anthony

My main research interests are in educational technology, corpus linguistics, and natural language
processing. Continuing from my Masters work in genre analysis, I developed software to
automatically analyze texts at the sentence and discourse level for my PhD. Since then, I have
been developing educational software for use by researchers, teachers, and learners in corpus
linguistics, including AntConc, a freeware concordancer, AntWordProfiler, a freeware vocabulary
profiler, and more recently web-based monolingual and parallel concordancers. Laurence’s web

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Paul Baker

My research interests include corpus linguistics, language and gender/sexual identities and critical
discourse analysis. Books include: Corpus Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (2010), Sexed Texts:
Language, Gender and Sexuality (2008), Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis (2006), Public
Discourses of Gay Men (2005) and Polari: The Lost Language of Gay Men (2002). I am the
commissioning editor for the journal Corpora. Paul’s web profile

Alistair Baron

My primary research areas are Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Cyber Security, with a
particular focus on developing solutions to the problems associated with the vast amounts of
textual data in online settings; for example, deception and multiple personae detection techniques
to assist in countering the use of fake profiles for nefarious purposes. The noisy characteristics of
online texts, e.g. the abundance of irregular language and its multi-lingual nature, pose significant
barriers to many NLP methods. A primary aim of my research is to build robust NLP tools which are
able to cope with, and take advantage of, these features. Alistair’s web profile

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Doug Biber

Douglas Biber is Regents’ Professor in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University. He

developed the multidimensional approach to register variation, which employs statistical
modelling (factor analysis) to analyse a large numbers of linguistic features across different spoken
and written texts. He’s the author of a large number of research articles and books including
Variation Across Speech and Writing (1988), Dimensions of register variation: A cross-linguistic
comparison (1995), The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999, with S.
Johansson, G. Leech, S. Conrad, E. Finegan) and Register, genre, and style (2009 with S. Conrad).

Elaine Boyd

Dr Elaine Boyd is Senior Academic for English Language Testing and Assessment at Trinity College
London. She has over twenty years of experience as a test developer, test writer and assessor
working in a range of international contexts. Her PhD researched spoken language, pragmatics and
interpersonal communication. She is also the author of a range of course books for the English
language classroom. In her current role she is responsible for research on testing and training and
developing exams which assess communicative skills in English in a range of contexts. Read her
posts on the CASS website

Vaclav Brezina

My research interests are in the fields of corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics.
I’m also interested in methodology and statistical techniques in corpus linguistics. I developed
BNC64, an online tool for investigating sociolinguistic variation in informal British speech.
Currently, I am working on a spoken learner corpus project. Vaclav’s web profile
Sally Bushell

My larger research interests are in the field of British Romanticism with a particular interest in
Wordsworth and the Lake District as well as in the form of the long poem and in critical
exploration of poetic process. I am interested in interpreting the text in all its states (visual,
material and verbal). My current research is on literary cartography and the mapping and reading
of literary works for which a map appears alongside the text. Sally’s web profile

Kearsy Cormier

I am Senior Researcher at the Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) Centre at University
College London (UCL) . I am involved in several of the various strands of research at DCAL (which
include sign language linguistics, sign language development, cognition and neural processing in
deaf individuals). I also oversee the postdoctoral researchers involved in these different groups,
and am leading (and co-leading) on several externally-funded projects as well. Kearsy’s web profile

Jonathan Culpeper

Most of my current work belongs to the field of pragmatics. Within present-day pragmatics, I have
a particular research interest in linguistic politeness, focusing on the social dynamics of
interaction. My work has concentrated on the opposite of politeness: impoliteness. My article
Towards an Anatomy of Impoliteness (1996, Journal of Pragmatics), outlining a framework for
analyzing highly confrontational interaction, is my most cited publication to-date. I recently
completed a three-year ESRC Fellowship, designed to push forward this research. My monograph,
Impoliteness: Using Language to Cause Offence (2011, CUP), was the main output. Glimpses of my
work can be seen in my impoliteness website. Jonathan’s web profile

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Costas Gabrielatos
My general research focus is on the use and development of corpus approaches to issues in
descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics – particularly as regards the English language. My
PhD thesis examined conditionals through the lens of modality, and presented classifications of
both. It also proposed viewing conditionals as constructions with obligatory internal modal
marking, whose function is akin to that of linguistic qubits (quantum bits). Costas’s web profile

Basil Germond

My research interests cover the maritime dimension of the European Union; maritime security;
current naval developments, maritime strategy and maritime geopolitics; the European Union’s
geopolitics (including its geopolitical vision and discourse); energy security and the Arctic region;
and borders and frontiers in IR. I am a member of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social
Science (CASS); my research project tackles maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe.
Basil’s web profile

Ian Gregory

I am a geographer by training and have spent much of my career working applying Geographical
Information Systems (GIS) to historical research, a field that has become known as Historical GIS.
As a result of the growth of Digital Humanities, I have become particularly interested in using GIS
with texts as well as the more traditional quantitative sources. This is the subject of the European
Research Council grant Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places that I currently hold. Ian’s web profile

Patrick Hanks

I am a lexicographer, corpus linguist, and onomastician. I currently hold two research

professorships: one at the Research Institute of Information and Language Processing in the
University of Wolverhampton, the other at the Bristol Centre for Linguistics in the University of the
West of England (UWE, Bristol). From 1990 to 2000 I was chief editor of current English
dictionaries at Oxford University Press. In the 1980s I was project manager of the first edition of
the Cobuild dictionary and chief editor of Collins English dictionaries. Patrick’s web profile
Claire Hardaker

I primarily research aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated

communication (CMC), including phenomena such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online
grooming. I tend to take a forensic linguistic approach, based on a corpus linguistic methodology,
but due to the multidisciplinary nature of my research, I also inevitably branch out into areas such
as psychology, law, and computer science. Claire’s web profile

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Andrew Hardie

My major specialism is corpus linguistics - specifically, the methodology of corpus linguistics, and
how it can be applied to different areas of study in linguistics and beyond. I am currently working
on applications of corpus methods in the social sciences and humanities. I am also very interested
in the use of corpus-based methods to study languages other than English, especially the
languages of Asia, with an especial focus on issues in descriptive and theoretical grammar.
Andrew’s web profile

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Michael Hoey

I am currently Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation, Director of the Liverpool Confucius

Institute and Baines Professor of English Language at the University of Liverpool. I am an
Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of Council of the University of
Chester. Read about Michael Hoey

Paul Iganski
My main research interests are in analysing the impacts of hate crime and hate speech and the
criminal justice and civil society responses. My books on ‘hate crime’ include Hate Crime and the
City (2008), Hate Crimes Against London’s Jews (2005 with Vicky Kielinger & Susan Paterson) and
the edited volumes Hate Crime: The Consequences of Hate Crime (2009), and The Hate Debate
(2002). I mostly conduct my research in collaboration with, or commissioned by, NGOs and the
equalities sector. Currently I am working on a project on the management of hate speech by the
courts in the UK. Paul’s web profile

Veronika Koller

In general, my research is in the area of cognitive critical discourse analysis, with a focus on
analysing identity work in discourse. I have done a fair bit of work on corporate discourses but
more recently, my research interests have shifted to issues of health communication in the public,
private and third sectors. A special research interest of mine is metaphor theory and analysis.
Veronika’s web profile

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Geoffrey Leech

Geoff Leech passed away in August 2014. Before he did so he recorded a lecture and some
conversation pieces for this course. His main research area was English linguistics. Since 1970 he
was engaged in research on computer corpora, including the compilation of the LOB Corpus and
the BNC (British National Corpus). Corpus linguistics over the decades converged with English
grammar, another of his major research interests. Apart from this, he worked on pragmatics,
where his interest was above all on the linguistic theory of politeness. Towards the end of his life
he returned to literary stylistics/poetics, a field to which he contributed from the 1960s, and on
which he collaborated with Lancaster colleague Mick Short. Read obituary and tributes

Tony McEnery

I am interested in language and am passionate about getting others to reflect on how they use
something which they often take simply for granted. In part my interest in language is pure
curiosity - I am intrigued by the idea of finding out how it works and studying it in its many forms.
Yet I also have a very practical interest in language - language can be used to persuade and
influence - indeed it may be used to deceive. I have a long standing interest in helping people to
understand how language can be used in this way because I want to help people to objectively
evaluate attempts by others to manipulate them through the use of language. Tony’s web profile

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Amanda Potts

My main interests are in corpus linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, and the union of these two
approaches. I am additionally interested in semantics, pragmatics, metaphor analysis, gender
studies, sociolinguistics, language pedagogy, analysis of culture, (new) media discourse, language
of advertising, representations of identity, and investigation of discriminatory discourses.
Amanda’s web profile

Stephen Pumfrey

My research interests lie in the history of Renaissance and early modern science and medicine. I
am especially concerned with post-positivist understandings of the emergence of “new
philosophy” in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. My current projects in this area
investigate the importance of patronage in England, and the work of the transitional philosopher
William Gilbert. More generally, I explore the role of early modern science in the construction of
modernity. I am also pioneering research using corpus linguistics in early modern texts. Stephen’s
web profile

Paul Rayson

My research interests are based on applications of corpus-based natural language processing to

address significant challenges in a number of different areas: child protection in online social
networks, better understanding of the language of extremism and counter extremism, text mining
for conceptual history studies, the quality of the corporate financial information environment and
the use of metaphorical language in end-of-life care. My methodological contributions are in the
areas of key semantic domains, the analysis of spelling variation in historical texts and online
language and in corpus analysis software. Research themes: Digital humanities, Intelligent
systems, Social computing, Theoretical and corpus-based linguistics. Paul’s web profile

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is Reader in Corpus Linguistics, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston

Mike’s web profile

Elena Semino

My research interests are in:

• Stylistics: cognitive stylistics; corpus stylistics; mind style in prose fiction.

• Metaphor theory and analysis: metaphor in literature, politics, science, health

communication, end-of-life care; metaphor and embodied simulation; corpus approaches to the
study of metaphor.

• Medical humanities: representations of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-
fictional narratives; (figurative) language, creativity and chronic pain.

Elena’s web profile

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Chris Tribble

My major academic research concerns are related to written communication in academic and
professional settings, academic literacies and applications of corpus linguistics in language
education. I am also involved as a practitioner in training and consultancy in the design,
management and evaluation of social projects, working with academic, governmental and non-
governmental organisations. Chris’ web profile

Richard Xiao

My major research interests cover corpus-based language studies, contrastive linguistics,

translation studies, Chinese linguistics, English language and linguistics, tense and aspect theory,
and teaching Chinese as a second language. I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Chinese
Language and Discourse, Corpora, Foreign Language Learning Theory and Practice, Glossa,
International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, and Languages in Contrast. My recent books include
Translation and Contrastive Linguistic Studies at the Interface of English and Chinese (A special
issue of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 2013), Corpus-Based Studies of Translational
Chinese in English-Chinese Translation (2012), Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation
Studies (2010), Corpus-Based Contrastive Studies of English and Chinese (2010), A Frequency
Dictionary of Mandarin Chinese: Core vocabulary for learners (2009), Corpus-based Language
Studies: an Advanced Resource Book (2006), and Aspect in Mandarin Chinese: A Corpus-based
Study (2004). Richard’s web profile

Steve Young

My research is currently concentrated in the following three areas:

• The motives and consequences of share repurchases

• The association between corporate governance and firm performance

• Reporting firm performance

Steve’s web profile


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Matteo Di Cristofaro

I recently graduated from Lancaster University, with a PhD thesis on swearing in Italian
(euphemisms and dysphemisms) under the supervision of prof. McEnery. I am currently working
as a research associate for various projects, including cyber-terrorism studies; economics; history.
My main research interests are Corpus Linguistics, Construction Grammar, and Forensic

You can follow me on twitter, @matteodic

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Federica Formato

I am a researcher in Language and Gender. I completed my PhD at Lancaster University and

worked in several universities around the UK. I taught Research Methods, Communication
Techniques, Language of Advertising, Sociolinguistics and Language and Gender. I investigate
instances of sexist language in Italian and, more broadly, direct and indirect sexism for female
politicians in Italy. I also write a column on this topic. Federica’s web profile

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Amelia Joulain

I am currently working on a PhD at Lancaster University researching uses of GIS and corpus
linguistics for the investigation of the representation of places in large quantities of texts. My work
with c19th British Newspapers has also encouraged me to take a closer look at the implications of
working with OCR’ed data for collocation analysis.

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Roisin Knight

I am a research student based at Lancaster University. I previously taught English in secondary

schools in the UK; this has informed my current research interests, as I’m primarily concerned with
how corpus linguistics can be used to help teachers and students. My ongoing PhD research is
focused on exploring how corpus linguistics can be applied to the assessment of creative writing.

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Beth Malory

I am a Postgraduate Researcher and Associate Lecturer in Linguistics at Lancaster University, and a

Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University. I specialize in socio-historical corpus
linguistics, with a particular focus on Late Modern (c.1700-1900) and Middle (c.1066-1500) English,
and the standardization of English grammar. My PhD thesis examines prescriptivist discourses, and
explores ways in which the impact of prescriptive commentary on usage in the Late Modern
period can be quantified.

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Honorary Mentors

Keith Barrs

I am originally from England but now live and work in Japan, at a private university teaching
English skills classes. My research interests are in language contact and lexical borrowing,
predominantly using a corpus-based approach to lexical investigation. My current research is
looking at the number, type, and behaviour of English loanwords in Japanese, particularly in
comparison to native near-semantic equivalents and also the source words in English from which
the loanwords are borrowed. For this research I am using the jpTenTen web corpus along with the
various functions of the Sketch Engine, such as ‘word sketch’ and ‘sketch-diff’.


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Ruth Breeze

I have a PhD in Applied Linguistics and have researched and published widely in the area of
discourse analysis applied to media language and specialised language. I have a particular interest
in the ways that corpus linguistic tools can be combined with qualitative discourse analysis. I am a
member of the GradUN Research Group in the Instituto Cultura y Sociedad at the University of
Navarra, Spain. My most recent books are “Corporate Discourse” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
and the edited volume “Interpersonality in Legal Genres” (Peter Lang, 2014).

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Ricardo María Jiménez Yáñez

I am a Faculty member at the University UICbarcelona, Spain, where I teach legal discourse and
communication skills. I am also an external collaborator of ICS (University of Navarra, Spain). I
have been a Visiting Researcher at CASS (Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science,
University of Lancaster) and am currently completing my PhD at the University of Navarra.

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Mura Nava

I’m an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Paris, France. For me corpora was a tool that
allowed me to get language that I needed to teach a course, where due to the nature of the
subject matter of the course any textbooks were wildly out of date. Since that time I have used
more and more corpus based tools in my teaching. I contribute to a G+ Corpus Linguistics
community that #corpusmooc participants with an interest in teaching and learning languages
may find of interest. I very much look forward to meeting you on the course.

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