Dr Costas Gabrielatos

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Corpus Linguistics || Lexicogrammar || Discourse Studies


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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 Academia.edu. 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. [e-copy]
  • 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. [e-copy]
  • 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. [e-copy]


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
  • LNG3143. TESOL
  • LNG2140. Investigating English Language
  • LNG2133. Analysing Discourse
  • LNG1019. Language and Meaning
  • LNG1016. The Structure of English

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.

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 (SRG20\201250).
— 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).

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, A corpus-based examination of English if-conditionals through the lens of modality: nature and types, 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

Other positions

External PhD supervisor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

1 Oct 20231 Oct 2028


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

Research Groups

  • Corpus Research Group
  • Linguistics Research Group


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