Dr Costas Gabrielatos

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    (1) Corpus methodology (metrics and techniques). (2) Corpus-based theoretical and pedagogical lexicogrammar (in particular, modality and modal markers, conditionals, tense-aspect). (3) Discourse-oriented corpus studies.


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    Personal profile


    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). I joined Edge Hill University in September 2012; previously, I worked as associate lecturer and researcher at Lancaster University and Liverpool University.

    My current research  focuses on corpus linguistics methodology, theoretical and 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. Citation metrics (total citations | h-index):

    I organise Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar (LxGr), a symposium held annually at Edge Hill University.

    I co-edit the Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies.

    I also curate a bibliography of Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies (DOCS), that is, studies using corpora and corpus techniques to examine meaning and style in discourse. 

    Research interests

    Research focus

    My research focuses on the following areas:

    • Corpus Linguistics: compilation of topic-specific corpora, analytical techniques, metrics.
    • Theoretical Lexicogrammar: modality and modal markers, conditionals, tense and aspect, compatibility between construction grammar and lexical grammar.
    • Pedagogical Lexicogrammar: learner language (particularly the use of conditionals, modality, tense and aspect), comparison of L2 use with L1 use and the information in pedagogical materials.
    • Discourse-Oriented Corpus Studies


    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.

    PhD supervision

    Daniel Malone, ‘Constructing the Lone Wolf Terrorist: A corpus-driven study of the British press’.

    Module Leader

    LNG3127. Corpus Linguistics
    LNG2133. Analysing Discourse
    LNG2138. Methodology
    LNG2128. Long Essay
    LNG1019. Language and Meaning

    Contribution to modules

    HUM4000. Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study in the Humanities & Social Sciences
    HUM4002. Research Philosophies and Methodologies
    LNG3148. Dissertation
    LNG3143. TESOL
    LNG2136. Modern English Structure and Use

    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.

    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

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    Research Output

    If-conditionals and Modality: Frequency patterns and theoretical explanations

    Gabrielatos, C., 9 Dec 2019, In : Journal of English Linguistics. 47, 4, p. 301-334 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    126 Downloads (Pure)

    Keyness Analysis: nature, metrics and techniques

    Gabrielatos, C., 7 Feb 2018, Corpus Approaches To Discourse: A critical review. Taylor, C. & Marchi, A. (eds.). Oxford: Routledge, p. 225-258 298 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 29 Citations (Scopus)
    730 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    20 Downloads (Pure)

    Corpus-based analysis of the pragmatic marker, you get me.

    Torgersen, E., Gabrielatos, C. & Hoffmann, S., 22 Aug 2017, Studies in Corpus- Based Sociolinguistics. Friginal, E. (ed.). Routledge: Oxford, p. 176-196 336 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    Pedagogy-driven corpus-based lexicogrammar

    Gabrielatos, C., 31 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceKeynote

  • 21 Downloads (Pure)


    • 6 Invited talk
    • 4 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Editorial work

    Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar

    Costas Gabrielatos (Organiser)

    22 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Cardiff University Press (Publisher)

    Costas Gabrielatos (Editor)

    1 Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

    If-Conditionals and Modality: Description and Pedagogy

    Costas Gabrielatos (Invited speaker)

    4 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Lexicogrammar: Lexical Grammar or Construction Grammar? Two corpus-based case studies

    Costas Gabrielatos (Invited speaker)

    25 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Keyness Analysis for (Critical) Discourse Studies: What, How, Why. Invited talk

    Costas Gabrielatos (Invited speaker)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk