Dr Costas Gabrielatos

Costas Gabrielatos
Senior Lecturer in English Language
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
Main Building, Clough 5c
gabrielc@edgehill.ac.uk
01695 657180


I joined the Department of English & History in September 2012. Previously, I worked as associate lecturer and researcher at Lancaster University, where I also did my PhD.

I have been working in corpus linguistics since 2001. I have also worked in language teacher education (1992-2001) and English language teaching (1984-1993). My general research interests are in the use and development of corpus approaches to issues in descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics. My research and publications combine the following areas:

  • Corpus Linguistics: compilation of topic-specific corpora, annotation techniques, metrics.
  • Grammar: conditionals, modality, tense-aspect, construction grammar, lexical grammar.
  • Corpora in language education: pedagogical lexicogrammar, analysis of learner language.
  • Corpus approaches to (critical) discourse studies.

My PhD thesis examined conditionals through the lens of modality. It presented classifications of both, and proposed viewing conditionals as constructions with obligatory internal modal marking, whose function is akin to that of linguistic qubits (quantum bits).

I have presented and published on the nature, techniques and applications of corpus linguistics, conditionals, tense-aspect and modality in both native and learner English, as well as on linguistics and TESOL, language teaching methodology and language teacher education. E-copies of my publications and presentations are available via the Edge Hill Research Archive, Research Gate, and Academia.edu.

My publications are highly cited (see author citation metrics below), and often feature as required or suggested reading in undergraduate and postgraduate modules in universities around the world.

For Altmetrics, see my Impactstory profile.

I would be interested in supervising PhD and MRes candidates wishing to carry out research in the above areas.

I am curating a bibliography of studies using corpora and corpus techniques to examine meaning and style in discourse.

I am also organising the second Symposium on Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar (LxGr2017), which will be held at Edge Hill University on Saturday 10 June 2017. For the programme of the 2016 symposium see here.

Teaching

My teaching has focused on corpus linguistics, English grammar, pedagogical lexicogrammar, (critical) discourse analysis, semantics (particularly, modality and tense-aspect), and TESOL methodology.

I lead the following modules:
  • LNG3127. Corpus Linguistics (S2)
  • LNG3122. TESOL (S1)
  • LNG2128. Long Essay (S2)
  • LNG2120. Analysing Discourse (S1, S2)
  • LNG1019. Language and Meaning (S1)
  • LNG1017. Studying English Language (S2)
I also contribute lectures to:
  • HUM4000. Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study in the Humanities & Social Sciences
  • HUM4002. Research Philosophies and Methodologies
  • LNG2123. Modern English Structure and Use
  • LNG1008. The Structure of English
Invited teaching (lectures, seminars, workshops)

Presentation and workshop on collocation analysis, using Sketch Engine. University of Bangor, 24 February 2016.

Individual tutorials with PhD and MA students who use corpus linguistics in their research. University of Bangor, 24 February 2016.

Author citation metrics. Research Capacity Building Workshops, Staff Learning and Development Programme, Edge Hill University, 12 November 2015. [e-copy]

Counting: Word frequency and beyond. Dubrovnik Fall School in Linguistic Methods. Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20–26 October 2013. [e-copy]

Keyword analysis. Dubrovnik Fall School in Linguistic Methods. Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20–26 October 2013. [e-copy]

Corpora and Sociolinguistics: Studying linguistic innovators. UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK, 10-12 July 2012.

Corpora and Sociolinguistics: Studying linguistic innovators. UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK, 13-15 July 2011.

Corpora and language teaching. Conference for Teachers of A Level English Language, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, 1 July 2011. [e-copy]

Compiling topic-specific corpora from limited-access online databases. Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET), Lancaster University, 24 May 2010.

From dictionary user to amateur lexicographer: Possibilities of on-line searches. Public lecture, Gresham College, 23 March 2009. [link to video]

Compiling topic-specific corpora from limited-access online databases. Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET). Lancaster University, 31 March 2008. [e-copy]

Receptive skills development with mixed-ability young learners. Seminar organised by the Greek Ministry of Education and the British Council, Athens, Greece, September 1997.

For details, see here.

Recent Publications

For a full list, see here. If you identify any dead links, please let me know (gabrielc@edgehill.ac.uk).

Books

  • Baker, P., Gabrielatos, C. & McEnery A. (2013). Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: The representation of Islam in the British Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details | Sample chapter | Brief summary of results]
  • Gabrielatos, C., Slessor, R. & Unger, J.W. (eds.) (2007). Papers from the Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. Volume 1: Papers from LAEL PG 2006. Lancaster: Lancaster University. [e-copy]

Thesis

  • Gabrielatos, C. (2010). A corpus-based examination of English if-conditionals through the lens of modality: Nature and types. PhD Thesis. Lancaster University. [e-copy]

Journal Papers

  • Baker, P., Gabrielatos, C. & McEnery, T. (2013). Sketching Muslims: A corpus-driven analysis of representation around the word “Muslim” in the British press, 1998-2009. Applied Linguistics, 34(3), 255–278. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C., McEnery, T., Diggle, P. & Baker, P. (2012). The peaks and troughs of corpus-based contextual analysis. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 37(2), 151-175. [e-copy]
  • Torgersen, E., Gabrielatos, C., Hoffmann, S. & Fox, S. (2011). A corpus-based study of pragmatic markers in London English. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 7(1), 93-118. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C., Torgersen, E., Hoffmann, S. & Fox, S. (2010). A corpus-based sociolinguistic study of indefinite article forms in London English. Journal of English Linguistics, 38(4), 297-334. [e-copy]
  • Baker, P., Gabrielatos C., KhosraviNik, M., Krzyzanowski, M., McEnery, T. & Wodak, R. (2008). A useful methodological synergy? Combining critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics to examine discourses of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK press. Discourse & Society, 19(3), 273-305. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Baker, P. (2008). Fleeing, sneaking, flooding: A corpus analysis of discursive constructions of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Press 1996-2005. Journal of English Linguistics, 36(1), 5-38. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2007). Selecting query terms to build a specialised corpus from a restricted-access database. ICAME Journal, 31, 5-43. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Sarmento, S. (2006). Central modals in an aviation corpus: Frequency and distribution. Letras de Hoje, 41(2), 215-240. [e-copy]

Book Chapters and Proceedings Papers

  • Gabrielatos, C. (2013). If-conditionals in ICLE and the BNC: A success story for teaching or learning? In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (eds.) Twenty Years of Learner Corpus Research: Looking back, moving ahead. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Presses universitaires de Louvain. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2007). If-conditionals as modal colligations: A corpus-based investigation. In M. Davies, P. Rayson, S. Hunston & P. Danielsson (eds.), Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics Conference: Corpus Linguistics 2007. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. [e-copy]
  • McEnery, T. & Gabrielatos, C. (2006). English corpus linguistics. In B. Aarts & A. McMahon (eds.), The Handbook of English Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell, 33-71. [e-copy]

Recent Presentations

This page lists my presentations since 2010; for a full list, see here. If you identify any dead links, please let me know (gabrielc@edgehill.ac.uk).

Invited Lectures and Presentations

  • Gabrielatos, C. (2016). Corpus approaches to discourse studies: The basics. Aston University, 2 June 2016.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2016). Keyness analysis: metrics and issues. Aston University, 2 June 2016.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2016). Corpus approaches to discourse attitudes: The presentation of Islam and Muslims in the British press. Linguistics Circle Lecture Series, Bangor University, 24 February 2016.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2015). Using corpus methods to examine grammatical constructions: A case study of if-conditionals. Plenary. Research on Language and Linguistics at Sussex, Postgraduate Conference, University of Sussex, 1 June 2015. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2014). Corpus approaches to discourse studies: The basics. Discourse & Communication Studies Research Team, Örebro University, 12 September 2014. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2014). Using corpus techniques to examine the representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press. Department of Media and Communication Studies, Örebro University, 11 September 2014. [Abstract and details]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Duguid, A. (2014). Corpus Linguistics and CDA: A critical look at synergy. CDA20+ Symposium, University of Amsterdam, 9 September 2014. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2014). The representation of Islam in the British press. Keynote. Muslims in the UK and Europe Symposium, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, 16-18 May 2014 (keynote address).
  • Gabrielatos, C.  (2014). Using corpus linguistics to examine the representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press. Muslim Identities in the UK. University of Murcia, Spain, 8 May 2014.
  • Gabrielatos, C.  (2013). A corpus approach to the representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press. Newcastle Critical Discourse Group. Newcastle University, 4 December 2013. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2013). Using corpus methods to examine the presentation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press. Immigration Politics, Text Analysis, and Public OpinionWorkshop organised by the Migration Observatory, COMPAS, Oxford University, 8-9 November 2013. [e-copy]
  • Counting: Word frequency and beyond. Dubrovnik Fall School in Linguistic Methods. Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20–26 October 2013. [e-copy]
  • Keyword analysis. Dubrovnik Fall School in Linguistic Methods. Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20–26 October 2013. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2013). Techniques and metrics for corpus-based approaches to humanities and social sciences. Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) launch event, Lancaster University, 23 July 2013. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Kormos, J. (2013). Corpus-based analysis of oral test transcripts: A case study of conditional constructions. Language Testing Research Group (LTRG), Lancaster University, 14 March 2013. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2012). Corpus-based methodology and (critical) discourse studies: Context, content, computation. CADS International Conference, Bologna, Italy, 13-15 September 2012. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Marchi, A. (2012). Keywords: Appropriate metrics and practical issues. CADS International Conference, Bologna, Italy, 13-15 September 2012. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Kormos, J. (2012) Corpus-based analysis of the use of the present progressive construction in oral language proficiency exams. Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group, 2 May 2012, Lancaster University, UK. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). Construction Grammar vs. Lexical Grammar: A case study of the modal load in if-conditionals. International Symposium On The Sociology Of Words: Lexical Meaning, Combinatorial Potential and Computational Implementation. LACELL, University of Murcia, Spain, 1-2 December 2011. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). Collocational approaches to critical discourse studies: A case of critical corpus lexicography. International Symposium On The Sociology Of Words: Lexical Meaning, Combinatorial Potential and Computational Implementation. LACELL, University of Murcia, Spain, 1-2 December 2011. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Marchi, A. (2011). Keyness: Matching metrics to definitions. Corpus Linguistics in the South: Theoretical-methodological challenges in corpus approaches to discourse studies and some ways of addressing them. University of Portsmouth, 5 November 2011. [e-copy, see also here]
  • Baker, P., Gabrielatos, C. & McEnery, T. (2011). The presentation of Muslims in the UK press: A case study of the adjective Muslim. Symposium on Language, Politics and Religion. Lancaster University, 7 September 2011.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). Corpora and Sociolinguistics: Studying linguistic innovators. UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics. Lancaster University, 13-15 July 2011.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). Corpora and language teaching. Conference for Teachers of A Level English Language. Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, 1 July 2011. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2010). Compiling topic-specific corpora from limited-access online databases. Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET). Lancaster University, 24 May 2010.
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Torgersen, E. (2010). Gender differentiation in the Linguistic Innovators Corpus: Grammatical and pragmatic features. Gender and Corpus Linguistics. Seminar organised by the BAAL Gender and Language SIG. Lancaster University, 30 March 2010. [e-copy]

Conference Papers

  • Gabrielatos, C. (2015). The lexicogrammar of ‘BE interested’: Complementation patterns and pedagogical implications. ICAME 36, University of Trier, 27-31 May 2015. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Duguid, A. (2015). Corpus Linguistics and CDA: Revisiting the notion of synergy. Corpus Linguistics in the South 9, Oxford Brooks University, 18 May 2015. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. & Kormos, J. (2014). Corpus-based examination of if-conditionals in an oral proficiency exam. 7th Biennial IVACS Conference, Newcastle University, 19-21 June 2014. [e-copy]
  • Kormos, J. & Gabrielatos, C. (2014). A corpus-based analysis of if-conditionals in spoken second language data. BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 3-4 July 2014. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2013). Using corpus analysis to compare the explanatory power of linguistic theories: A case study of the modal load in if-conditionals. Corpus Linguistics 2013, 23-26 July 20013, Lancaster University. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C., Hoffmann, S. & Torgersen, E. (2013). From sociolinguistic interviews to a spoken corpus of London English: Creating the Linguistic Innovators Corpus (LIC). ICAME34 pre-conference workshop: Compilation and annotation of spoken corpora: Towards best practice? Santiago de Compostela, 22-26 May 2013.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). If-conditionals in ICLE and the BNC: A language teaching success story? Learner Corpus Research 2011, 15-17 September 2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2011). If-conditionals and modality: A corpus-based investigation. Corpus Linguistics 2011, 20-22 July 2011, University of Birmingham, UK. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C., Baker, P. & McEnery, T. (2010). Using Sketch Engine to examine the presentation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press. 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), 9-11 September 2010, University of Aberdeen. [e-copy]

Research

Research focus

My research focuses on the following areas:

  • Modality and conditionals.
  • Pedagogical lexicogrammar and, more generally, the connection between linguistics and TESOL.
  • Learner corpora and learner language – particularly the use of conditionals, modality, tense and aspect.
  • The use of corpus approaches to (critical) discourse studies.
  • The compatibility between construction grammar and lexical grammar

Recognition

My publications often feature as required/suggested reading in undergraduate and postgraduate modules.  Also, the metric of keyness proposed in Gabrielatos & Marchi (2011, 2012) has been implemented in two online corpus tools:

Research experience

I have worked on a number of research projects, notably the following (all at Lancaster University):

  • Compilation of a corpus of spoken learner English, recorded under exam conditions, and analysis of selected lexicogrammatical and pragmatic features (August 2011 – July 2012; funded by Trinity College London).
  • The representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK press, 1998-2009 (September 2009 – November 2010; funded by the ESRC).
  • Analysis of spoken London English using corpus tools (January–December 2008; funded by the British Academy).
  • Discourses of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Press, 1996-2006 (October 2005 – March 2007; funded by the ESRC).

For details, see here.

Qualifications

  • PhD Linguistics (Lancaster University, 2010)
  • MPhil English & Applied Linguistics (University of Cambridge, 1994)
  • Dip. TESOL (Cambridge ESOL, 1992)
  • BA (Hons) Economics (University of Athens, 1990)

For details, see here.

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