Introducing Challenge Panel Member: Mark Davies

Next in our series of Challenge Panel announcements, we are pleased to introduce Mark Davies (creator of the COCA, COHA, and TIME Magazine corpora, among others). 

markdaviesMark Davies received his PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the Univ. Texas at Austin in 1992, and then taught Spanish at Illinois State University until 2003, when he came to the Department of Linguistics and English Language at BYU. He has published four books and more than sixty articles on corpus linguistics, word frequency, and language change and (genre-based) variation, all for English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is the recipient of five large, multi-year federal grants to create and utilize large corpora, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH; 2001-02, 2004-06, 2008-11) and two from the National Science Foundation (NSF; 2002-04, 2012-15). He is also the creator of several corpora that are freely-available at, which are used by hundreds of thousands of users each month, including linguists, teachers and students, and those in many other fields outside of linguistics proper, such as history, law, and cultural studies.

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Introducing Challenge Panel Member: Stefan Th. Gries

Following the first meeting last month of our Challenge Panel, we are pleased to introduce the esteemed members, in their own words. First up: Stefan Gries.


I am currently a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as well as Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (since September 2011). I was very happy to be offered the possibility to be involved with the new Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University (since July 2013).

Methodologically, I do quantitative corpus linguistics at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics, using a variety of different statistical methods to investigate linguistic topics such as morpho-phonology, syntax, the syntax-lexis interface, and semantics, and corpus-linguistic methodology, as well as first and second/foreign language acquisition. Occasionally, I do experimental work and much of my work involves the open source programming language R. Theoretically, I am a cognitively-/psycholinguistically-oriented usage-based linguist.

I wrote three books and co-edited six. I am publishing relatively widely in corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and quantitative linguistics. I am founding editor-in-chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, associate editor of Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Linguistic Studies, and I perform editorial functions for various other international peer-reviewed journals.

My interest in CASS is mostly in seeing how corpus methods and in particular quantitative corpus methods can be applied in a wider variety of social science settings; hopefully, this will include applications in psychology, sociology, and communication studies.