Gregory Garretson

Universitetslektor i engelska vid Engelska institutionen

018-471 1264
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

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I am a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Uppsala University. As a linguist, I am involved in a variety of studies of semantics, pragmatics and discourse and specialize in corpus methods. As a teacher, I teach academic writing to undergraduates and a variety of linguistics subjects to undergraduate and graduate students.

Akademiska meriter: Phd

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Originally from the United States, I have lived in Sweden for a few years; previously, I lived and worked in the USA, Spain, Portugal, France, and Germany. I have a PhD in linguistics from Boston University and am now a permanently employed senior lecturer (associate professor) in the Department of English at Uppsala University.


My main areas of interest in linguistics are discourse, pragmatics, semantics, and phonetics. I am heavily involved in the development and use of corpus linguistic methods and am always looking for new ways of applying computational linguistic methods to the theoretical study of language. I do a lot of computer programming and have compiled a number of different corpora (databases of language data), on which I perform various kinds of research.

My doctoral dissertation focused on word meaning in present-day English. I have developed a theoretical framework, the Corpus-Derived Profiles framework, which enables the automated creation of "lexical profiles" of words on the basis of large corpora. This, in turn, enables detailed comparison of words to see how they are similar and how they are different. I have recently been carrying out studies of synonymy, antonymy, and polysemy, asking questions such as "How do words that are opposite in meaning differ in how they are used?", "If words can't really be synonymous, what are the actual differences between pairs of near-synonyms?", and "How much can lexical co-occurrence patterns help us to predict which sense of a word a given instance represents?"


I love teaching. I have been doing it for about two decades now, and I still find it one of the most enjoyable things to do. I try to develop a very good rapport with my students, based on intellectual curiosity, humor, and mutual affection. I think my students like me because they understand that I genuinely care about them, and they appreciate the effort I put into getting them to understand the material they are studying.

Here at the Department of English, I teach or have taught the following:

  • Undergraduate-level courses in academic writing (A and B levels), English grammar (A and B levels), linguistics (B level), and oral proficiency (A level)
  • Graduate-level courses in advanced syntactic analysis and linguistic methods
  • Non-degree courses in oral and written proficiency, English for Scientists, and English for Mechanical Engineers
  • University-level courses in English proficiency for advanced high-school students

In addition, I regularly give talks on how to do well as a university student and how to give successful presentations.

My interest in research and my interest in teaching combine in my supervision of students writing their degree essays (C level) and master's theses (MA) in English linguistics.

Contact information

My office is in the Department of English in the Engelska parken campus (building 16). My room number is 16-1025, and the telephone number is 018-471-1264 (international +46-18-471-1264). My schedule is highly variable, but I have office hours every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. By far the best way to contact me is by e-mail.

I encourage students to come and talk with me if they have any questions, concerns, or chocolate. I am always happy to talk about anything relating to linguistics and/or teaching.

Selected publications

Garretson, Gregory, and Henrik Kaatari. 2014. The computer as research assistant: A new approach to variable patterns in corpus data. In Lieven Vandelanotte, Kristin Davidse, Caroline Gentens & Ditte Kimps (ed.), Recent Advances in Corpus Linguistics: Developing and Exploiting Corpora. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 55-80.

Garretson, Gregory. 2010. Corpus-Derived Profiles: A framework for studying word meaning in text. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Deutschmann, Mats, Annelie Ädel, Gregory Garretson & Terry Walker. 2009. "Introducing Mini-McCALL: A pilot version of the Mid-Sweden Corpus of Computer-Assisted Language Learning." ICAME Journal 33. 21-44.

Garretson, Gregory. 2008. "Desiderata for linguistic software design."International Journal of English Studies 8:1 (special issue on "Software-aided Analysis of Language"). 67-94.

Garretson, Gregory and Annelie Ädel. 2008. Who's speaking? Evidentiality in US newspapers during the 2004 presidential campaign. In Ädel, A. and R. Reppen (eds.), Corpora and discourse: The challenges of different settings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 157-188.

Garretson, Gregory and Mary Catherine O'Connor. 2007. Between the Humanist and the Modernist: Semi-automated analysis of linguistic corpora. In Fitzpatrick, E. (Ed.), Corpus Linguistics Beyond the Word: Corpus Research from Phrase to Discourse. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 87-106.

Garretson, Gregory. 2006. Dexter: Free tools for analyzing texts. In Pérez-Llantada Auréa, M. C., R. Pló Alastrué & C. P. Neumann, Academic and professional communication in the 21st century: genres, rhetoric and the construction of disciplinary knowledge. Proceedings of the 5th International AELFE Conference.

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Gregory Garretson
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