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:
- CQPweb, maintained by Prof. Jiajin Xu (National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University, http://22.214.171.124/cqp).
- Wmatrix, developed by Dr. Paul Rayson (Department of computing, Lancaster University, http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/wmatrix).
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.