I am Professor of English Language and Linguistics
at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. I am
a member of the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics,
the Institute for Language and Communication, the
Linguistic Research Unit, and the Language and
Literature School. I am also currently Associate Dean
for Teaching at the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and
I earned a Master’s degree in Language Studies from Lancaster University in 2000 and a PhD in English Linguistics from the Université catholique de Louvain in 2004. I was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2004-2005. I obtained a permanent research position with the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) in 2009, before becoming a lecturer and then a professor at the Université catholique de Louvain.
Since 2007, I have been the coordinator of LINDSEI, the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage, a collaborative project between some 25 universities internationally. I am also the director of the NESSI (New Englishes Student Interviews) corpus and of PROCEED, the Process Corpus of English in Education, a new type of learner corpus which reproduces the writing process through screencasting and keylogging.
I am editor-in-chief of the Corpora and Language in Use series and an associate editor of the Cambridge Elements in Corpus Linguistics series. I am also one of the editors of the Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research and a founding member of the Learner Corpus Association.
My research interests include corpus linguistics and learner corpus research, cognitive linguistics and construction grammar, the combination of corpora and experimentation, varieties of English and the link between New Englishes and Learner Englishes, as well as the writing process and writing fluency in L1 and L2.