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Dr Costas Gabrielatos

Reader (Corpus Linguistics & Eng. Lang)

English & Creative Arts

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Department: English & Creative Arts

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I have been working in corpus linguistics since 2001. I came to linguistics via English language teaching (1984-1993) and language teacher education (1992-2001). My current research focuses on corpus linguistics methodology, lexicogrammar, and discourse studies. I have also published on TESOL and language teacher education. E-copies of my publications and presentations are available via Research Gate and I teach modules on research methodology, English lexicogrammar, and discourse studies. I supervise postgraduate research students employing corpus-based approaches to lexicogrammar and critical discourse studies. 

Organiser: Symposium on Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar and Edge Hill Corpus Research Group.

Editor: Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies

Curator: Bibliography of Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies.

Current Research projects: Portrayals of Greta Thunberg in the British Press and Implicit Attitudes towards Autism in the British Press,

Citation metrics: Google Scholar,  Scopus,  Web of Science

Recent Publications

  • Karaminis, T., Gabrielatos, C., Maden-Weinberger, U., & Beattie, G. (2023). Portrayals of autism in the British press: A corpus-based study. Autism, 27(4), 1092-1114. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2021) If-conditionals: Corpus-based classification and frequency distribution. ICAME Journal, 45, 87-124. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2020) Conditionals, modality, and Schrödinger’s cat: Conditionals as a family of linguistic qubits. In Hohaus, P. & Schulze R. (eds.) Re-assessing Modalising Expressions: Categories, Co-text, and Context. John Benjamins. 141–172.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2019) If-conditionals and modality: Frequency patterns and theoretical explanations. Journal of English Linguistics, 47(4), 301-334. 

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Gabrielatos, C. (2023) The discourse presentation of autism in the UK press: A case of critical corpus lexicography. Workshop on Corpus-Linguistic Applications, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 19 February 2023. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2023) Using Word Sketches in discourse-oriented corpus studies. Workshop on Corpus-Linguistic Applications, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 19 February 2023.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2022). Problematising the qualitative-quantitative distinction. Invited talk at Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis, University of Naples, Identity, Language and Diversity Research Centre (I-LanD), Italy, 10 March 2022.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2022) Corpus lexicography and critical discourse studies. Invited talk at Critical Discourse Studies and Social Change. Where are we at? University of Granada, Spain, 16-17 February 2022.
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2021) Discourse-oriented corpus studies as critical lexicography. Invited talk at PhrasaLex II, University of Hildesheim, Germany, 22-23 July 2021. [Abstract] [Slides]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2019) If-Conditionals and Modality: Description and Pedagogy. Invited talk: TESOL Research Seminar, University of Central Lancashire, 4 December 2019. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2019) Lexicogrammar: Lexical Grammar or Construction Grammar? Two corpus-based case studies. Invited talk, UCREL Research Seminar, Lancaster University, 25 April 2019. [e-copy]

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Karaminis, T., Gabrielatos, C., Maden-Weinberger, U., Beattie, G. (2023). Gender Differences in the Portrayals of Autism in the Autism UK Press Corpus (poster).  International Meeting of the Society for Autism Research INSAR 2023.
  • Gabrielatos, C., Karaminis, T., Maden-Weinberger, U. & Beattie, G. (2022). UK newspaper discourses on autism and autistic individuals. 6th Corpora and Discourse International Conference, University of Bologna, Italy, 26-28 August 2022. [e-copy]
  • Gabrielatos, C. (2021) A corpus-based comparison of the explanatory power of linguistic theories: The case of the modal load in if-conditionals. TheorLing 2021, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 21-22 June 2001. [e-copy]
  • Maden-Weinberger, U., Gabrielatos, C., Beattie, G. & Karaminis, T. (2021) Implicit attitudes towards autism in the British Press. Autistica Research Festival, 12-16 July 2021.

Research Interests

Research focus

My research focuses on the following areas:

Corpus Linguistics methodology

  • Query construction for the compilation of topic-specific corpora.
  • Analytical techniques and metrics (consistent collocates, keyness analysis, manual annotation),

Theoretical Lexicogrammar

  • Conditionals
  • Modality and modal markers
  • Tense and aspect
  • Compatibility between construction grammar and lexical grammar

Pedagogical Lexicogrammar

  • Learner language (particularly the use of conditionals, modality, tense and aspect)
  • Comparisons between L2 and L1 use. and the information in pedagogical materials

Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies

  • Presentation of social actors in the media
  • Foci: immigration and asylum, religion, autism

Current research projects

Implicit Attitudes towards Autism in the British Press
— Funder: British Academy (SRG20201250).
— Duration: January 2021 – March 2023.
— Team: Themis Karaminis, Costas Gabrielatos, Uschi Madden-Weinberger, Geoff Beattie.

Portrayals of Greta Thunberg in the British Press
— Funder: Research Investment Fund, Edge Hill University
— Duration: May 2021 – February 2023.
— Team: Themis Karaminis, Costas Gabrielatos, Uschi Madden-Weinberger, Geoff Beattie.

Other funded projects

Teaching buyout to carry out research and prepare a portfolio of publications for REF2021
— Funder: Research Investment Fund, Edge Hill University (1GABRI15)
— Duration: September-December 2016

Trinity Corpus of Spoken English Phase 2 Investigation.
— Funders: Trinity College London and Oxford University Press
— Team: Judit Kormos (PI), Costas Gabrielatos (CI)
— Duration: August 2011 – July 2012


My publications often feature as required or suggested reading in undergraduate and postgraduate modules. The approach to keyness analysis discussed in Gabrielatos & Marchi (20112012) and Gabrielatos (2017, 2018) has been implemented in the following corpus tools:

  • CQPweb, maintained by Prof. Jiajin Xu (National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University). 
  • Wmatrix, developed by Dr. Paul Rayson (Department of Computing, Lancaster University).


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

PGR Supervision

Edge Hill University

Daniel Malone

  • Constructing the Lone Wolf Terrorist: A corpus-driven study of the British press.

Katia Adimora

  • Mexican Immigration to the US in Donald Trump’s era: A comparative corpus-based analysis of American and Mexican press.

Leah Ferneyhough

  • Complex transitive uses of DO with pronominal objects and adjectival complements: A corpus linguistic perspective
  • Awarded October 2022

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dora Psoma

  • The Language of Audio Description: A corpus linguistic analysis of accessibility texts
  • DoS: Prof Marina Mattheoudakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Co-supervisor: Prof Kostas Papadopoulos (University of Macedonia, Greece)

University of Lleida, Spain

Leyre Barrios Vicente

  • Factuality in Spanish conditional sentences
  • Awarded: March 2022

Module Leader

LNG3154. Critical Discourse Studies
LNG2140. Investigating English Language
LNG2133. Analysing Discourse
LNG1019. Language and Meaning

I also contribute to:

LNG3148. English Language Dissertation (supervision)
LNG1017. Studying English Language (guest lectures)

Invited teaching

LOT Winter School 2019. University of Amsterdam, Centre for Language and Communication.  7-11 January 2019.

— Mini-course on Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies (12 hours).
— Individual supervisions with participants (4 hours).

University of Bangor. 24 February 2016.
— Presentation and workshop on collocation analysis using Sketch Engine.
— Individual tutorials with PhD and MA students.

Research Capacity Building Workshops, Staff Learning and Development Programme, Edge Hill University.
— Author citation metrics. 14 November 2018
— Promoting research by using social media. 7 March 2018.
— Author citation metrics. 15 November 2017.
— Promoting research by using social media. 3 March 2017.
— Author citation metrics. 16 November 2016.
— Author citation metrics. 12 November 2015

Dubrovnik Fall School in Linguistic Methods. Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20–26 October 2013.

— Counting: word frequency and beyond.  [e-copy]
— Keyword analysis. [e-copy]

UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK
— Corpora and Sociolinguistics: Studying linguistic innovators. 10-12 July 2012.
— Corpora and Sociolinguistics: Studying linguistic innovators. 13-15 July 2011.

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

Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET), Lancaster University
— Compiling topic-specific corpora from limited-access online databases. 24 May 2010.
— Compiling topic-specific corpora from limited-access online databases. 31 March 2008. [e-copy]

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

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