Centre for European and International Studies Research

The Corpus Linguistics Project

This project investigates the use of English as an international lingua franca in online communities of practice operating within the broad domain of science. The enquiry seeks to gain a better understanding of two aspect of this particular use of English. One relates to patterns of linguistic forms that can be observed and which differ from what could be regarded as ‘standard English’. The notion of ‘standard’ here is understood entirely from a quantitative point of view, i.e. in the sense of ‘most common’, rather than from a qualitative point of view where the term is used to designate idealised and prescriptive sets of norms. From this perspective, therefore, the main methodological approach is one which makes use of corpora as the basis for data collection and analysis. The second aspect of the investigation focuses on language associal practice and therefore on the ways in which participants negotiate meanings both within the medium of English as a lingua franca andacross languages, e.g. through translation or instances of translanguaging.  In this regard, analytical approaches are more qualitative and may make use of a range of frameworks from different traditions, such as pragmatics, im/politeness, discourse analysis, translation, language contact.

The work undertaken in this project informs our current project, The Language of Citizen Science.

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Project members

Ben Clarke is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. His main research interests are the ways in which context and language are interrelated, as well as multimodality as a framework for text analysis.

Jonathan Evans is a Lecturer in Translation Studies. His main research interests relate to the ways in which creative writers use translation in various forms, including adaptation and rewriting, as well as the translation of multimodal texts.

Glenn Hadikin is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. His main research interests lie in the areas of corpus linguistics, lexical priming, lexicology, as well as how these apply to the field of World Englishes.

Mario Saraceni is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. His main research interests concern political, ideological and linguistic implications of the presence, the use and the perceptions of English in the world outside the traditional “cultural base” of the language.

John Williams is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. His academic interests lie in lexicography and corpus linguistics, and he has a previous background in dictionary publishing.

Sue Wright is a Research Professor. Her main research interests are in language policy, the role of language in nation building, the problems associated with language rights for minority groups and issues of communication in globalisation.