Bibliography of Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies

Gabrielatos, C. (Participant)

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The bibliography contains publications (including PhD theses) directly related to the use of corpora and corpus linguistic techniques in discourse studies – or, seen from a different perspective, corpus studies focusing on discourse issues. The approach may be ‘corpus-based’, ‘corpus-driven’ or ‘corpus-assisted’ (to the extent that these distinctions are useful or, indeed, meaningful), and the analysis itself can be ‘critical’ or otherwise (again, the same reservations apply). There are no restrictions regarding language. Whatever the label attached to their approach, publications are relevant when they … report on research using corpora and corpus techniques to examine discourse meaning/style and/or particular discourses, or discuss the compilation of corpora, or the development of corpus metrics/techniques, for discourse studies. Please note that studies focusing on discourse or lexicogrammatical features/patterns are relevant only if they explicitly discuss how these features/patterns contribute to discourse meaning or style, or to the creation of particular discourses. The publications are ordered chronologically, starting with a list of introductions and overviews. I opted for a chronological order, because it helps provide a sketch of beginnings and developments in terms of the focus and methodology of discourse-oriented corpus studies and the volume of publications. For example, it can be seen that attention to discourse features dates back to the beginnings of corpus linguistics. Also, the beginning of using corpus techniques in ‘critical discourse studies’ can be traced back to Leech & Fallon (1992), which also seems to be the first study to use an exploratory keyness analysis — four years before the terms keyness and keyness analysis were introduced.
Period29 Aug 2020
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • corpus linguistics
  • discourse analysis
  • discourse studies