Stefan Th. Gries (STG) is Full Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, and Visiting Chair (Linguistics and English Language) at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.
Methodologically, STG is a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics, who uses a variety of different statistical methods to investigate linguistic topics such as morpho-phonology, syntax, the syntax-lexis interface, semantics, and corpus-linguistic methodology, as well as first and second language acquisition. Occasionally, he also uses experimental methods (acceptability judgments, sentence completion, priming, self-paced reading times, and sorting tasks).
Theoretically, he is a cognitively-oriented linguist (with an interest in Construction Grammar) in the wider sense of seeking explanations in terms of cognitive processes without being a cognitive linguist in the narrower sense of following any one particular cognitive-linguistic theory. The researchers who have influenced his work most are (in alphabetical order) R. Harald Baayen, Douglas Biber, Nick C. Ellis, Adele E. Goldberg, and Michael Tomasello.
STG has authored three books – one research monograph, an introduction to statistics with R for linguists (two editions), and a book on corpus linguistics with R. He has also co-edited six volumes – two on corpora in cognitive linguistics, two on frequency effects in language, one on corpus linguistics, and one on cognitive linguistics. Since 1999, he has (co-)authored more than four dozen articles in the leading peer-reviewed journals of his fields (Cognitive Linguistics and International Journal of Corpus Linguistics) as well as in many other peer-reviewed journals, plus another 60 or so articles in edited volumes, proceedings, etc. He is founding editor-in-chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, associate editor of Cognitive Linguistics, and performs editorial functions for more than ten international peer-reviewed journals and book series. Since the beginning of 2007, he has given more than 150 talks and workshops at national and international venues, nearly half of them invited.
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