Dr Vaclav BrezinaResearch Fellow
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.
At present, I am working on the development of the Trinity Lancaster Corpus of spoken L2 English. Recently, I was also involved in the development of the Guangwai-Lanaster Chinese learner corpus.
I have developed the following corpus resources:
- BNC64 (corpus tool for sociolinguistic searches) http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/bnc64/
- English vocabulary & the new-GSL http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/vocab/
- ADVICe (corpus of New Zealand academic speech) http://www.lknol.com/advice.php
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)
PhD Supervision Interests
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
Selected Publications Show all 18 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.
Collocation networks: exploring associations in discourse
Brezina, V. 10/06/2016 In: Triangulating methodological approaches in corpus linguistic research. London : Routledge p. 90-107. 18 p.
Exploring learner language through corpora: comparing and interpreting corpus frequency information
Gablasova, D., Brezina, V., McEnery, A.M. 20/11/2016 In: Language Learning.
Morphological complexity in written L2 texts
Brezina, V., Pallotti, G. 8/07/2016 In: Second Language Research.
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.
Collocations in context: a new perspective on collocation networks
Brezina, V., McEnery, T., Wattam, S. 2015 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 20, 2, p. 139-173. 35 p.
Significant or random?: a critical review of sociolinguistic generalisations based on large corpora
Brezina, V., Meyerhoff, M. 2014 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 19, 1, p. 1-28. 28 p.
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.
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.
Use of Google Scholar in corpus-driven EAP research
Brezina, V. 12/2012 In: Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 11, 4, p. 319-331. 13 p.
The corpus based approach to the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language
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