Stefan Th. Gries

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Stefan Th. Gries
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg
Scientific career
Fieldscorpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics

Stefan Th. Gries (born 1970) 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 (since September 2011),[1] and since 1 April 2018 also Chair of English Linguistics[2] (Corpus Linguistics with a focus on quantitative methods, 25%) at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. He was a Visiting Chair (2013–2017) of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University and was the Leibniz Professor (spring semester 2017) at the Research Academy Leipzig of the Leipzig University.[3], [4]


Gries earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1998 and 2000.[5] He was at the Department of Business Communication and Information Science of the University of Southern Denmark at Sønderborg (1998–2005), first as a lecturer, then as assistant professor and tenured associate professor; during that time, he also taught English linguistics part-time at the Department of British and American Studies of the University of Hamburg. In 2005, he spent 10 months as a visiting scholar in the Psychology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, before he accepted a position at UCSB, starting November 1, 2005.[6] Gries was a visiting professor at the 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019 LSA Linguistic Institutes at Stanford University,[7] the University of Colorado at Boulder,[8] the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,[9] the University of Chicago,[10] and the University of California, Davis.[11]


Methodologically, Gries is a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics,[12] cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics, who uses a variety of different statistical methods to investigate linguistic topics such as morphophonology (the formation of morphological blends),[13] syntax (syntactic alternations), the syntax-lexis interface (collostructional analysis),[14] and semantics (polysemy, antonymy, and near synonymy in English and Russian)[15][16] and corpus-linguistic methodology (corpus homogeneity and comparisons, association and dispersion measures, n-gram identification and exploration, and other quantitative methods), as well as first and second/foreign language acquisition.[17][18] Occasionally and mainly collaboratively, he also uses experimental methods (acceptability judgments, sentence completion, priming, self-paced reading times, and sorting tasks). Much of his recent work involves the open source software R.[19]

Theoretically, he is a cognitively oriented usage-based 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 R. Harald Baayen, Douglas Biber, Nick C. Ellis, Adele E. Goldberg, and Michael Tomasello.


Books written by Gries[edit]

  • Stefan Th. Gries. Multifactorial Analysis in Corpus Linguistics: A Study of Particle Placement. Open Linguistics. New York: Continuum, 2003. ISBN 9780826461261 (hardback); ISBN 9780826476067 (paperback).
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Statistik für Sprachwissenschaftler. Studienbücher zur Linguistik, vol 13. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008. ISBN 9783525265512.
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R: A Practical Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2009. ISBN 9780415962711 (hardback); ISBN 9780415962704 (paperback).
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R: A Practical Introduction. 2nd rev. & ext. ed. New York: Routledge, 2016. ISBN 9781138816275; ISBN 9781138816282.
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Statistics for Linguistics with R: A Practical Introduction. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010. ISBN 9783110205657.
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Statistics for Linguistics with R: A Practical Introduction. 2nd rev. & ext. ed. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013. ISBN 9783110307283 (also translated into Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese).
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Ten Lectures on Quantitative Approaches in Cognitive Linguistics: Corpus-Linguistic, Experimental, and Statistical Applications. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • Stefan Th. Gries. Ten Lectures on Corpus Linguistics with R: Applications for usage-based and psycholinguistic research. Leiden: Brill, 2019. ISBN 9789004410343.

Books coedited by Gries[edit]

  • Stefan Th. Gries and Anatol Stefanowitsch, eds. Corpora in Cognitive Linguistics: Corpus-Based Approaches to Syntax and Lexis. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs. Berlin and New York: Mouton De Gruyter, 2006. ISBN 9783110186055 (hardback); ISBN 9783110197709 (paperback).
  • Anatol Stefanowitsch and Stefan Th. Gries, eds. Corpus-Based Approaches to Metaphor and Metonymy. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006. ISBN 9783119162906 (hardback); ISBN 9783110198270 (paperback).
  • Stefan Th. Gries, Stefanie Wulff, and Mark Davies, eds. Corpus-Linguistic Applications: Current Studies, New Directions. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010. ISBN 9789042028012.
  • Mario Brdar, Stefan Th. Gries and Milena Žic Fuchs, eds. Cognitive Linguistics: Convergence and Expansion. Human Cognitive Processing, vol. 32. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011. ISBN 9789027223869.[n 1]
  • Stefan Th. Gries and Dagmar Divjak, eds. Frequency Effects in Language Learning and Processing. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs. Berlin and Boston: Mouton De Gruyter, 2012. ISBN 9783110273762.
  • Dagmar Divjak and Stefan Th. Gries, eds. Frequency Effects in Language Representation. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs. Berlin and Boston: Mouton De Gruyter, 2012. ISBN 9783110273786.
  • Jiyoung Yoon and Stefan Th. Gries, eds. Corpus-Based Approaches to Construction Grammar. Constructional Approaches to Language, vol. 19. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2016. ISBN 9789027204417.


Gries has co-edited a special issue of the Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics. He has (co-)written articles in Cognitive Linguistics[n 2] International Journal of Corpus Linguistics,[n 3]) as well as in other peer-reviewed journals. He was the co-founder (2005), co-editor-in-chief (2005-2010), then editor-in-chief (2010-2015) of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory[n 4] (of which he now is the General Editor, 2016-), co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science,[n 5] and associate co-editor of Cognitive Linguistic Studies,[n 6] and performs editorial functions for the international peer-reviewed journals Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics, CogniTextes, Constructions, Constructions and Frames, Corpora, Corpus Linguistics Research, Glottotheory, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, Journal of Language Modelling, Language and Cognition, and Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism as well as for the book series 'Cognitive Linguistics and Practice' (published by John Benjamins), 'Corpora and Language in Use' (published by Louvain University Press), and 'Explorations in English Language and Linguistics' (published by universities in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina).


  1. ^ The publisher's page about Cognitive linguistics: Convergence and expansion is here.
  2. ^ The web page of Cognitive Linguistics is here. Archived September 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The web page of International Journal of Corpus Linguistics is here.
  4. ^ The web page of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory is here.
  5. ^ The web page of Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science is here.
  6. ^ The web page of Cognitive Linguistic Studies is here.


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