Room: E857


I received my Ph.D. from Uppsala University in December 2013. My thesis deals with delexical verb + noun collocations in Swedish and Chinese learner English, using a methodological framework that combines learner corpus research with a contrastive perspective. It was later rewritten and published by John Benjamins in its leading book series in corpus linguistics studies. In December 2014, I was awarded a three-year international postdoc grant by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). This allowed me to spend two years at the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, UK, working on a project that examines the use of formulaic language in a range of academic disciplines.

My main research interests are corpus linguistics, formulaic language, academic discourse, and second language acquisition. Over the years, I have taught courses in English proficiency and linguistics at Wuhan University, Stockholm University and KTH, and am currently teaching courses within Teacher Education Programmes at Stockholm University.  

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Wang, Y. (To appear, 2019). A corpus-based study of composite predicates in Early Modern English dialogues. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 20(1). 

Wang, Y. (2019). A functional analysis of text-oriented formulaic expressions in written academic discourse: Multiword sequences vs. single words. English for Specific Purposes 54: 50-61.

Wang, Y. (2018a). As Hill seems to suggest: Variability in formulaic sequences with an interpersonal function in L1 novice and expert academic writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 33: 12–23.

Wang, Y. (2018b). Formulaic sequences signalling discourse organisation in ELF university lectures: A disciplinary perspective. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 7(2): 355-376.

Wang, Y. (2018c). Interpersonal formulaic sequences and cross-disciplinary differences in ELF academic lectures. In Kumiko Murata, Tomo Ishikawa & Mayu Konakahara (eds.), Waseda Working Papers in ELF, Vol. 7, 49-64. Waseda: Wasedaa ELF Research Group.

Wang, Y. (2017a). Lexical bundles in spoken academic ELF: Genre and disciplinary variation. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 22(2): 187-211.

Wang, Y. (2017b). Lexical bundles in news discourse 1784–1983. In Minna Palander-Collin, Maura Ratia & Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), Diachronic Developments in English News Discourse (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics), 97-116. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Wang, Y. (2016). The Idiom Principle and L1 Influence: A Contrastive Learner-Corpus Study of Delexical Verb + Noun Collocations (Studies in Corpus Linguistics, Volume 77). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Wang, Y., & Shaw, P. (2008). Transfer and universality: collocation use in advanced Chinese and Swedish learner English. ICAME Journal 32: 201-232.

Corpus compilation

2007. The Corpus of Chinese Learner English (CCLE). 382,256 words.

Conference presentations

2017, 10-11 November. The 7th Waseda ELF International Workshop & The 3rd EMI-ELF Workshop, Waseda University, Tokyo, presented a paper entitled ‘Formulaic sequences signalling discourse organisation in ELF academic lectures: a disciplinary perspective.’

2017, 24-28 July. The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, Birmingham, presented a paper entitled ‘Formulaicity in academic writing: A function-to-Form approach.’

2017, 1-3 June. The Faces of English, Hong Kong, presented a paper entitled ‘Interpersonal metafunction and formulaicity across academic disciplines: A function-to-form approach.’

2015, 8-10 October. The 21st Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE21), Istanbul, presented a paper entitled ‘Delexical TAKE + noun collocations in World Englishes and Learner Englishes.’

2015, 25-27 August. The Eighth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF8), Beijing, presented a paper entitled ‘Disciplinary variation in spoken academic ELF: A lexical bundles approach.’

2014, 5-7 June. The Fourth International Conference on Historical News Discourse (CHINED IV), Helsinki, presented a  paper entitled ‘A corpus-based analysis of lexical bundles in news discours (1784–1983).’

2011, 15–17 September. Learner Corpus Research 2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, presented a paper entitled ‘L1 Influence on the use of delexical verb + noun collocations in Swedish and Chinese learner English.’

2009, 27–31 May. ICAME 30, Lancaster University, presented a paper entitled ‘Delexical uses of high-frequency verbs HAVE and MAKE in two learner corpora: lexical patterning and cross-linguistic influence.’

2007, 27–30 July. The Fourth Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Birmingham, presented a full paper entitled ‘Delexical HAVE/MAKE + noun collocations: a comparison of advanced Swedish and Chinese learner English.’