Professor Michael Stubbs

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Michael Stubbs has been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Trier, Germany, since 1990. He was previously Professor of English in Education, Institute of Education, University of London (1985-90) and Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Nottingham, UK (1974-85).

Other posts and offices include Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK (1994-99), Chair of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics, 1988-91), member of the National Curriculum English Working Group [Cox Committee] (1988-89), and Visiting Professor, University of Tübingen, Germany (1985). He has also lectured in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Yemen, and several European countries, most recently Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

He has published around 50 articles in books and refereed journals (including Applied Linguistics, Functions of Language, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Education, Language and Literature and Text), and around 50 book reviews in journals (including Journal of Child Language, Language, Language in Society and Linguistics). His books have been translated into Catalan, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

He has been on the editorial board of several journals: Applied Linguistics, Functions of Language, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Linguistics and Education and Text and Talk.

He edited the Corpus Linguistics section of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, which was published in 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell as a ten-volume print edition and also as an electronic reference work with around 1,200 articles. The Corpus Linguistics section contains around 25 articles on the contribution of corpus data and methods to topics such as business language, deaf signing, English for academic purposes, and forensic linguistics, plus 10 biographical articles on major figures in the field.

He retired in 2013 but plans to continue writing about phraseology and corpus stylistics.

Biographical details are listed in: Who's Who and Debrett's.



The full text of some of these publications and other talks is available here: "Selected publications online".

1.   BOOKS

(2007) (With M Hoey, M Mahlberg & W Teubert) Text, Discourse and Corpora. London: Continuum.

(2001) Words and Phrases: Corpus Studies of Lexical Semantics. Oxford: Blackwell.

(1996) Text and Corpus Analysis: Computer-Assisted Studies of Language and Culture. Oxford: Blackwell.

(1986) Educational Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.

(1983) Discourse Analysis: the Sociolinguistic Analysis of Natural Language. Oxford: Blackwell; Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(1980) Language and Literacy: the Sociolinguistics of Reading and Writing. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

(1976) Language, Schools and Classrooms. London: Methuen. [Revised 2nd edition 1983.]


(2009) The search for units of meaning: Sinclair on empirical semantics. Applied Linguistics, 30, 1: 115-37.

(2005) Conrad in the computer: examples of quantitative stylistic methods. Language and Literature. 14, 1: 5-24. [Reprinted in R Carter & P Stockwell eds (2008) The Language and Literature Reader. Routledge.]

(2003) (with I Barth) Using recurrent phrases as text-type discriminators: a quantitative method and some findings. Functions of Language. 10, 1: 65-108.

(2002) Two quantitative methods of studying phraseology in English. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 7, 2: 215-44.

(2001) Texts, corpora and problems of interpretation. Applied Linguistics, 22, 2: 149-72.

(2001) On inference theories and code theories: corpus evidence for semantic schemas. Text, 21, 3: 437-65. [Extract reprinted in T McEnery et al eds (2006) Corpus-Based Language Studies, Routledge. 135-40.]

(1995) Collocations and semantic profiles: on the cause of the trouble with quantitative studies. Functions of Language, 2, 1: 23-55. [Reprinted in W Teubert & R Krishnamurthy eds (2007) Corpus Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Routledge. Vol 3: 166-93.]

(1994) Grammar, text and ideology: computer-assisted methods in the linguistics of representation. Applied Linguistics, 15, 2: 201-23.

(1989) The state of English in the English state: reflections on the Cox Report. Language and Education, 3, 4: 235-50.


(2007) On texts, corpora and models of language. In M Hoey, M Mahlberg, M Stubbs & W Teubert Text, Discourse and Corpora. London: Continuum.

(2007) Quantitative data on multi-word sequences in English: the case of the word 'world'. In M Hoey, M Mahlberg, M Stubbs & W Teubert Text, Discourse and Corpora. London: Continuum.

(2006) Corpus analysis: the state of the art and three types of unanswered questions. In G Thompson & S Hunston eds System and Corpus. London: Equinox. 15-36

(2004) Language corpora. In A Davies & C Elder eds Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. 106-32.

(2001) Computer-assisted text and corpus analysis: lexical cohesion and communicative competence. In D Schiffrin et al eds Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Oxford: Blackwell. 304-20.

(1997) Language and the mediation of experience: linguistic representation and cognitive orientation. In F Coulmas ed Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. 358-73.

(1997) Whorf's children: critical comments on critical discourse analysis. In A Wray & A Ryan eds Evolving Models of Language. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. 100-16. [Reprinted in M Toolan ed (2002) Critical Discourse Analysis. Routledge. 202-218.]

(1991) Educational language planning in England and Wales: multi-cultural rhetoric and assimilationist assumptions. In F Coulmas ed A Language Policy for the European Community. Berlin & NY: de Gruyter. 215-39. [Reprinted in: J Maybin ed (1993) Language and Literacy in Social Practice. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. 193-214. And in O García & C Baker eds (1995) Policy and Practice in Bilingual Education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. 25-39.]

(1990) Language in education. In N E Collinge ed An Encyclopedia of Language. London & NY: Routledge. 551-89.