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


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.

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