PhD theses



  • Schutz, N. (2017) Verbs in English for Academic Purposes. A cross-disciplinary corpus-driven study. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Crible, L. (2017). Discourse markers as markers of (dis)fluency in native spoken French and English (Supervisors: Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Liesbeth Degand)
  • Möller, V. (2015). English passive constructions in the interlanguage of German learners (Supervisors: Sylviane Granger and Ulrich Heid)
  • Nicaise, E. (2015). Aiming for native competence. Analyzing native English classroom language and teacher talk as input for the creation of a database reference for non-native EFL teachers. (Supervisor: Fanny Meunier)
  • Littré, D. (2014). A cognitive, longitudinal study of the use of the English present progressive by intermediate and advanced French-speaking learners (Supervisor: Fanny Meunier)
  • Vincent, A. (2014). A corpus linguistics approach to the rhetorical God Gap in US presidential campaigns (Supervisor: Fanny Meunier)
  • Goossens, D. (2014). Quantity approximation in business language. A contrastive, corpus-driven approach (Dutch, English, French. (Supervisors: Sylvie De Cock & Philippe Hiligsmann)
  • Thewissen, J. (2012). Accuracy across proficiency levels and L1 backgrounds: insights from an error-tagged EFL learner corpus. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Lefer, M-A. (2009). Exploring lexical morphology across languages: A corpus-based study of prefixation in English and French writing. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Condon, N. (2008). Investigating a cognitive linguistic approach to the learning of English phrasal verbs. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Cosme, C. (2007). Clause Linking across Languages. A corpus-based study of coordination and subordination in English, French and Dutch. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Ma, Q. (2007). Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition. (Supervisors: Sylviane Granger & Peter Kelly)
  • Paquot, M. (2007). EAP vocabulary in EFL learner writing: from extraction to analysis: A phraseology-oriented approach. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Gilquin, G. (2004). Corpus-based cognitive study of the main English causative verbs. A syntactic, semantic, lexical and stylistic approach. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • De Cock, S. (2003). Recurrent sequences of words in native speaker and advanced learner spoken and written English. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Meunier, F. (2000). A computer corpus linguistics approach to interlanguage grammar: noun phrase complexity in advanced learner writing. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Koubali, J. (2000). News and editorials in the British press. A comparative discourse analysis study. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Knott, I. (1996). The nature of metaphor: metaphoric use in British quality and popular papers. (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)


Under preparation...


  • Bullon, A. Receptive knowledge and productive use of target-like phraseological units in L2 English or Dutch by French-speaking CLIL and non-CLIL learners (Supervisors: F. Meunier & K. Van Goethem)
  • Dumont, A. Fluency and disfluency in spoken English. Investigation of fluency profiles in English learner speech in comparison with native speech (Supervisors: Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Sylviane Granger)
  • Gerckens, C. The development of phraseological competence in L2 English. A longitudinal corpus-based study of high frequency verbs (Supervisors: Sylviane Granger, UCL & Ulrike Altendorf, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
  • Hendrikx, I. Acquisition of intensifying constructions in Dutch and English by French-speaking CLIL and non-CLIL learners (Supervisors: Kristel van Goethem & Fanny Meunier)
  • Laporte, S. Verb-complementation patterns across New Englishes: a corpus-driven approach. (Supervisor: Gaëtanelle Gilquin)
  • Marchand, T. An investigation into expert and learner corpora of computer-mediated communication (Supervisor: Sylviane Granger)
  • Van de Vyver, J. Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: New Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (Supervisor: Fanny Meunier)