Dr Costas Gabrielatos

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PhD projects

- Corpus Linguistics methodology (corpus compilation, analytical techniques, metrics). - Lexicogrammar with a theoretical or pedagogical focus (particularly conditionals, modality, tense and aspect). - Critical Discourse Studies (particularly news/media discourses).


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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, theoretical & pedagogical lexicogrammar, and discourse studies. I have also published on language teaching methodology, language teacher education, and the connection between linguistics and TESOL. E-copies of my publications and presentations are available via PureResearch Gate, and Academia.edu. 

I currently lead modules on research methodology, English lexicogrammar, and (critical) discourse studies - and supervise research students employing corpus-based approaches to lexicogrammar and discourse analysis.

Citation metrics

Google Scholar609026
Web of Science11186

Recent/Current Activities

Research projects


  • Gabrielatos, C. (2022) Corpus lexicography and critical discourse studies. 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. [Conference website] [Abstract] [Slides]
  • 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. [Symposium website]
  • 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 constrruction 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 (SRG20\201250).
— Duration: January 2021-December 2022.
— 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 2022.
— Team: Themis Karaminis, Costas Gabrielatos, 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:


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

Daniel Malone (PhD, GTA)

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

Katia Adimora (PhD, GTA)

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

Leah Ferneyhough (MRes)

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

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

English and Applied Linguistics, MPhil, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 15 Oct 1994

TESOL, PGDip, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992

Economics, BA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Award Date: 30 Mar 1990


  • P Language and Literature
  • corpus linguistics
  • lexicogrammar
  • construction grammar
  • lexical grammar
  • syntax
  • semantics
  • tense
  • aspect
  • modality
  • conditionals
  • discourse analysis
  • critical discourse studies


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