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Mathew Gillings

Mathew Gillings, M.A.

Mathew Gillings, M.A.

Assistant Professor

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Mathew Gillings completed his PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University (UK), where he also completed his BA in English Language (2012-15), and MA in Language and Linguistics (2015-16). Before joining the Vienna University of Economics and Business in May 2020, he was employed as an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University where he taught on the undergraduate English Language and Corporate Communication modules. As a member of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Mathew was involved with various corpus compilation projects, including the Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language project and the Written BNC2014. He is a member of the editorial team for the Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, and can be found on Twitter at: @mathewgillings.

Other professional activity includes holding workshops as part of the WU in-house training programme, alongside language consultancy, (academic) proofreading and coaching.

Research Interests

Mathew’s research interests are located broadly within the field of corpus linguistics, a method used to analyse large amounts of naturally-occurring linguistic data - both quantitatively and qualitatively. His previous research includes a methodological critique of topic modelling, a corpus-based investigation into verbal cues to deception, and a corpus approach to variational pragmatics (specifically, politeness). Mathew’s other past and ongoing work uses corpus methods to investigate Shakespeare’s language, deception, and the comprehension of health texts.

A list of Mathew's publications and presentations can be found here.