Dr Dana Gablasova

Senior Research Associate

Profile

I am a member of the ESRC Centre for Approaches to Corpus Linguistics and the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

I received my PhD from The University of Auckland (New Zealand). My research focused on learning of specialised vocabulary through L1 and L2 from expository reading by advanced L2 users. The study brought findings relevant to the areas of vocabulary acquisition research (in first and second language), bilingual education and assessment of L2-medium educated students.

My current research is still concerned with vocabulary learning, especially with corpus apprroaches so vocabulary. My most recent research in this area concerns the study of formulaic langauge (collocations) in spoken and written production of L1 and L2 users. I also co-developed a New General Service List with Vaclav Brezina. This is a list of core English vocabulary and contains the most frequent 2500 words of the English language. It can serve as an alternative to Michael West’s GSL from the 1950s. The full list is available from Applied Linguistics in the open access mode from this link: http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/25/applin.amt018.abstract

At present I am also involved in the development of a spoken learner corpus (the Trinity Lancaster Spoken Corpus) that will give researchers and teachers access to a large electronic database of spoken production of English users from a variety of L1 backgrounds. At present, the corpus contains more than 3.5 million words. The corpus is an excellent resource for anyone interested in L2 spoken production. This research project combines the theory and methodology from the fields of corpus linguistics, second language acquisition and language testing. The corpus will made freely available to the researcher community in 2018 (more about the project at http://cass.lancs.ac.uk).

Selected Publications Show all 10 publications

Collocations in corpus-based language learning research: identifying, comparing and interpreting the evidence
Gablasova, D., Brezina, V., McEnery, A.M. 20/02/2017 In: Language Learning.
Journal article

Exploring learner language through corpora: comparing and interpreting corpus frequency information
Gablasova, D., Brezina, V., McEnery, A.M. 20/11/2016 In: Language Learning.
Journal article

Epistemic stance in spoken L2 English: the effect of task and speaker style
Gablasova, D., Brezina, V., McEnery, T., Boyd, E. 2016 In: Applied Linguistics.
Journal article

Learning technical words through L1 and L2: completeness and accuracy of word meanings
Gablasova, D. 07/2015 In: English for Specific Purposes. 39, p. 62-74. 13 p.
Journal article

Does speaker role affect the choice of epistemic adverbials in L2 speech?: evidence from the Trinity Lancaster Corpus
Gablasova, D., Brezina, V. 2015 In: Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics 2015. Springer p. 117-136. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Is there a core general vocabulary?: introducing the New General Service List
Brezina, V., Gablasova, D. 2015 In: Applied Linguistics. 36, 1, p. 1-22. 22 p.
Journal article

Learning and retaining specialized vocabulary from textbook reading: comparison of learning outcomes through L1 and L2
Gablasova, D. 2014 In: Modern Language Journal. 98, 4, p. 976-991. 16 p.
Journal article

Issues in the assessment of bilingually educated students: expressing subject knowledge through L1 and L2
Gablasova, D. 14/03/2014 In: Language Learning Journal. 42, 2, p. 151-164. 14 p.
Journal article