Dr Michael Barlow

B.Sc. (Hons), MSc (Liverpool) Phd (Stanford University)


Michael Barlow joined the University of Auckland in 2004. His main research interests involve the analysis of large text databases in order to increase our understanding of the cognitive representation of language (a usage-based perspective) and to make progress is understanding L2 acquiisiton and improving language teaching. As part of that endeavour, he has been creating text analysis software (MonoConc, ParaConc, Collocate, and more recetly WordSkew). He on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Studies in Corpus Linguistics, Routledge Frequency Dictionary Series, and the English Language Research Journal and is associated with the Asia-Pacific Corpus Linguistics Association.

Michael travels frequently in Europe and Asia to give talks, classes and workshops. More details are available here.

Research | Current

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Corpora and language learning
  • Contrastive analysis
  • Idiolectal variation

Postgraduate supervision

Heng Gong: Cross-sectional differences in metadiscourse usage between and within disciplines: A corpus-based study
Lynn Liu: A Corpus-based Contrastive Study of Intertextuality in Reports of Health Crises in China
Mengdi Liu: A corpus analysis of the use of non-finite clauses in Chinese  EFL learners’ English
Van Vuong Nguyen: Metaphors in Vietnamese Economic Discourse

Thi Ngoc Phuong Le. 2020. The Academic Discourse of Mechanical Engineering
Ye Jin. 2019 The story of over (shang)in Chinese
Guangsa Jin: 2016. Genre Knowledge for Intercultural Communication: A Contrastive Genre Analysis of Thesis
Opening Sections Written in China, New Zealand, and America
Sai Ma: 2016. A Study of Fictive Motion in Chinese
Vaclav Brezina. 2012. Epistemic Markers in University Advisory Sessions: Towards a Local Grammar of Epistemicity
Jianxin Wang  2011. Contrastive Connectors in English and Chinese: A Corpus-based Study.

Areas of expertise

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Text Analysis Software

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Barlow, M. (2020). Sequence and word frequency. Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 7 (2), 284-306. 10.1075/cogls.00058.bar
  • Barlow, G. M., & Brezina, V. (2018). Gender and Usage in the Units of Spoken Discourse. Corpus Linguistics Research, 4, 1-25.
  • Barlow, M. (2018). The Individual and the Group from a Corpus Perspective. In A. Cermakova, M. Mahlberg (Eds.) The Corpus Linguistics Discourse: In honour of Wolfgang Teubert (pp. 164-184). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Barlow, M. (2016). WordSkew 1.1 [Computer software].
  • Barlow, M. (2016). WordSkew: Linking corpus data and discourse structure. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 21 (1), 105-115. 10.1075/ijcl.21.1.05bar
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39296
  • Barlow, G. M. (2015). MonoConcEsy [Computer software]. Related URL.
  • Barlow, M. (2014). Ordering of elements in learner corpora. In S. Ishikawa (Ed.) Learner Corpus Studies in Asia and the World Vol.2 Papers from LCSAW2014, 2, 127-136. Kobe, Japan: Kobe University.
  • Barlow, G. M. (2014). A Situated Theory of Agreement. New York: Routledge. Pages: 344. Related URL.


Contact details

Office hours

By arrangement.

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 3, Room 319
New Zealand

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