All events are via MS Teams, and are free to attend.
The registration link for each event will be added two weeks in advance.


Meeting #8 Thursday 9 November 2023, 2-3 pm (GMT)
Katia Adimora (Edge Hill University, UK)
Towards more positive portrayals of Mexican immigration/immigrants in the American and Mexican press


Meeting #9 Thursday 14 December 2023, 2-3 pm (GMT)
Dan Malone (Edge Hill University, UK)
The Tale of the Lone Wolf: A critical exploration of terrorist representations in the UK press


Meeting #10 Thursday 11 January 2024, 2-3 pm (GMT)
Benet Vincent (Coventry University, UK)
Methodological issues and challenges in the use of phrase-frames to investigate phraseology

[This talk is based on a project in which my collaborators are Lee McCallum & Aysel Şahin Kızıl]


The importance of gaining a better understanding of phraseology has been recognised for some time now in the area of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). A widespread approach is to extract from a corpus frequently-occurring fixed strings (lexical bundles, or clusters) of potentially useful phrases/multi-word units (see e.g. Gilmore and Millar’s 2018). A limitation of this sort of study is the focus on fixed continuous sequences when phrases are well-known to allow a degree of variation (see e.g. Gries, 2008). One proposal to address this limitation is the ‘phrase frame’ (p-frame), a fixed sequence of items occurring frequently in a corpus with one or two empty slots (Lu, Yoon & Kisselev, 2021). This approach allows researchers to retrieve the most frequent p-frames in a particular corpus, then identify which items typically fill these slots and what meanings / functions might be associated with them. The idea is that the results of such research can help us better understand how members of a specific discourse community typically express themselves, which in turn may inform EAP pedagogy (Lu, Yoon, & Kisselev, 2018). Our project aimed to use a p-frame approach to create a list of pedagogically useful phrases to help novice writers of RA introductions in Health Sciences. A number of studies have used a p-frame approach with similar aims though for different discipline areas, including Fuster-Márquez and Pennock-Speck (2015), Cunningham (2017) and Lu et al., (2018, 2021). However, analysis of these studies indicates that they lack consensus on a number of issues central to p-frame methodology, presenting a challenge for new work in this area. This presentation will provide an overview of the key issues in p-frame research which we have identified and show how we have addressed them. The main aim will be to underline the importance of ensuring that the methods applied by a p-frame study align with the aims of the project.


Cunningham, K. J. (2017). A phraseological exploration of recent mathematics research articles through key phrase frames. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 25, 71.

Fuster-Márquez, M., & Pennock-Speck, B. (2015). Target frames in British hotel websites. International Journal of English Studies, 15(1), 51–69.

Gilmore, A., & Millar, N. (2018). The language of civil engineering research articles: A corpus-based approach. English for Specific Purposes, 51, 1–17.

Gries, S. (2008). Phraseology and linguistic theory. In Phraseology: An interdisciplinary perspective, S. Granger & F. Meunier (eds.), 3-26.

Lu, X., Yoon, J., & Kisselev, O. (2018). A phrase-frame list for social science research article introductions. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 36, 76–85.

Lu, X., Yoon, J., & Kisselev, O. (2021). Matching phrase-frames to rhetorical moves in social science research article introductions. English for Specific Purposes, 61, 63–83.


Benet Vincent is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics at Coventry University in the UK. His research covers applications of corpus linguistics in a range of areas including English for Academic Purposes, Translation, Pragmatics and more generally for the analysis of discourse. He is currently guest editing two special issues for peer-reviewed journals: ‘Corpus Linguistics and the language of Covid-19’ in Applied Corpus Linguistics and ‘Decision-Making in Selecting, Compiling, Analysing and Reporting on the Use of Corpora in Applied Linguistics Research’ in Research Methods in Applied Linguistics


Meeting #11 Thursday 29 February 2024
Matteo Di Cristofaro (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
A broad view of corpus approaches


Meeting #12 Thursday 25 April 2024
Sylvia Jaworska (University of Reading, UK)
Human vs Machine: A critical evaluation of the usefulness of topic modelling vs a corpus-assisted approach to discourse