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Professor Vaclav Brezina

Professor in Corpus Linguistics

Vaclav Brezina

County South



Tel: +44 1524 510828

Research overview

My main research interests are corpus linguistics, statistics, and the application of corpus methods in the study of speech and writing, learner language, collocations, phraseology and vocabulary. I am also interested in corpus design and corpus tools development. I welcome PhD proposals that focus on one or more of these areas.


PhD supervision

I welcome PhD proposals that are related to my research interests. At present, I am in particular interested in supervising projects on the following topics: 1) Comparison of multiple corpora using statistical techniques and visualisation 2) Phraseology (e.g. collocations) in spoken and written learner corpora 3) Corpus-based sociolinguistics and development of new statistical methods 4) Investigation of different linguistic features in the new Trinity Lancaster Corpus of spoken L2 English

Current Research

At present, I am working on the development of the Written British National Corpus and the Trinity Lancaster Corpus of spoken L2 English.  I also focus on methodological innovation in corpus linguistics and English vocabulary.




Research Grants


British National Corpus (BNC) as a sociolinguistic dataset: Exploring individual and social variation 

This project is funded by an ESRC Secondary data initiative (SDAI) grant EP/P001559/1. The aim of the project is to investigate sociolinguistic variation in the British National Corpus and implement the results of the research in educational practice.  



MA in English Linguistics & Philosophy (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)

PhD in Linguistics (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

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