Douglas Biber, PhD

Douglas Biber Regents' Professor
Northern Arizona University
Applied Linguistics
Blg 23 Rm #330
Phone: 928-523-6156
Personal Page

Biography

Education

  • Ph.D. 1984 Univ. of Southern California: Linguistics
  • Ph.D. 2000 Honorary degree; Univ. of Uppsala, Sweden

Professional Experience

1990-Present
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Applied Linguistics Program
  • Regents' Professor since 2000
1984 -1990

Asst. Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California

Visiting Professor/Researcher Appointments
  • Lancaster University, England
  • University of Tampere, Finland
  • Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
  • Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Temple University Japan
  • Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile)
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Uppsala
  • Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Stockholm

Selected Books

  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2016. Grammatical complexity in academic English: Linguistic change in writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D., and R. Reppen (eds.). 2015. Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D., and R. Reppen (eds.). 2011. Corpus Linguistics; Volumes I-IV. London: Sage.
    • Volume One: Lexical Studies.
    • Volume Two: Grammar. 
    • Volume Three: Varieties. 
    • Volume Four: Methods and Applications.
  • Biber, D., and S. Conrad. 2009. Register, genre, and style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D., U. Connor, and T.A. Upton. 2007. Discourse on the move: Using corpus analysis to describe discourse structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Biber, D. 2006. University language: A corpus-based study of spoken and written registers. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Biber, D., S. Conrad, and G. Leech. 2002. The Longman student grammar of spoken and written English. London: Longman.
  • Conrad, S., and D. Biber (eds.). 2001. Variation in English: Multi-dimensional studies. London: Longman.
  • Biber, D., S. Johansson, G. Leech, S. Conrad, E. Finegan. 1999. The Longman grammar of spoken and written English. London: Longman.
  • Biber, D., S. Conrad, and R. Reppen. 1998. Corpus Linguistics: Investigating Language Structure and Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D. 1995. Dimensions of register variation: A cross-linguistic comparison . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D., and E. Finegan (eds.). 1994. Sociolinguistic perspectives on register. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Biber, D. 1988. Variation across speech and writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles since 2004

  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2016. Grammar emerging in the noun phrase: The influence of written language use. 20th Anniversary Collection; English Language and Linguistics. [Reprint of Biber and Gray 2011; selected as one of the most influential papers of the first two decades of English Language and Linguistics.]
  • Egbert, J., and D. Biber. 2016. Do all roads lead to Rome?: Modeling register variation with factor analysis and discriminant analysis. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. DOI 10.1515/cllt-2016-0016
  • Biber, D., and J. Egbert. 2016. Register variation on the searchable web: A multi-dimensional analysis. Journal of English Linguistics 44.95-137.
  • Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, D. Biber, J. Egbert & K. Franco. 2016. Toward more accountability: Modeling ternary genitive variation in Late Modern English. Language Variation and Change 28.1-29. 
  • Staples, S., J. Egbert, D. Biber, and B. Gray. 2016. Academic writing development at the university level: Phrasal and clausal complexity across level of study, discipline, and genre. Written Communication, 33.149-183.
  • Fan, P., R. Reppen, and D. Biber, D. 2016. Comparing patterns of L1 versus L2 English academic professionals: Lexical bundles in Telecommunications research journals. Journal of English for Academic Purposes (JEAP), 21.1-12.
  • Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert, Bethany Gray, Rahel Oppliger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. 2016. Variationist versus text-linguistic approaches to grammatical change in English: nominal modifiers of head nouns. In Merja Kytö and Päivi Pahta (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, pp. 351-375. Cambridge University Press. 
  • Biber, D., and J. Egbert. 2015. Using grammatical features for automatic register identification in an unrestricted corpus of documents from the open web. Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science 2.3-36.
  • Staples, S. and D. Biber. 2015. Cluster analysis. In L. Plonsky (ed.), Advancing quantitative methods in second language research, pp. 243-274. London: Routledge.
  • Biber, D. 2015. Stance and grammatical complexity: An unlikely partnership discovered through corpus analysis. Corpus Linguistics Research 1.1-19.
  • Gray, B., and D. Biber. 2015. Phraseology. In D. Biber and R. Reppen (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics, pp. 125-145. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Donald Miller and Biber, D. 2015. Evaluating reliability in quantitative vocabulary studies: The influence of corpus design and composition. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 20(1).30-53.
  • Biber, D., J. Egbert, and M. Davies. 2015. Exploring the Composition of the Searchable Web: A Corpus-based Taxonomy of Web Registers. Corpora 10(1).11-45.
  • Egbert, J. D. Biber, and M. Davies. 2015. Developing a Bottom-up, User-based Method of Web Register Classification. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. (Currently available through Advanced Access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23308/abstract)
  • Biber, D., B. Gray, and S. Staples. 2014. Predicting patterns of grammatical complexity across language exam task types and proficiency levels. Applied Linguistics. (Currently available through Advanced Access: 
  • http://applij.oxfordjournals.org.libproxy.nau.edu/content/early/2015/02/28/applin.amu059.full.pdf+html
  • Biber, D. 2014. Using multi-dimensional analysis to explore cross-linguistic universals of register variation. Languages in Contrast 14(1).7–34.
  • Gray, B., and D. Biber. 2014. Stance markers. In K. Aijmer and C. Rühlemann (eds.), Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook, pp. 219-248. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Biber, D. 2014. Multi-dimensional analysis: A personal history. In: Tony Berber Sardinha and Marcia Veirano Pinto (eds.), Multi-Dimensional Analysis, 25 Years on: A Tribute to Douglas Biber, pp. XXIX-XXXVIII. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Gates Tapia, Anna M. and D. Biber. 2014. Lexico-grammatical stance in Spanish news reportage: Socio-political influences on Que-complement clauses and adverbials in Ecuadorian broadsheets. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada 27.208-237.
  • Biber, D., and Shelley Staples. 2014. Exploring the prosody of stance: Variation in the realization of stance adverbials. In T. Raso and H. Mello (Eds.), Spoken Corpora and Linguistic Studies, pp. 271-294. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Gray, B., and D. Biber. 2013. Current conceptions of stance. In K. Hyland, K. and C. Sancho Guinda (eds.), Stance and Voice in Written Academic Genres, pp. 15-33. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2013. Identifying multi-dimensional patterns of variation across registers. In M. Krug and J. Schlüter (eds.), Research Methods in Language Variation and Change, pp. 402-420. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Friginal, Eric. 2013. Twenty-five years of Biber’s Multi-Dimensional Analysis: Introduction to the special issue and an interview with Douglas Biber. Corpora 8.137-152.
  • Gray, Bethany. 2013. Interview with Douglas Biber. Journal of English Linguistics 41.359-379.
  • Biber, D. 2013. A typology of English texts. Linguistics 51; 50-year Jubilee Issue. 
  • [Reprint of Biber, D. 1989. Linguistics 27.3-43. Selected as the most influential article for the third decade of Linguistics, 1983-1993. With new introductory comments by DB, pp. 15-17.]
  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2013. Being specific about historical change: The influence of sub-register. Journal of English Linguistics 41.104-134.
  • Staples, S., J. Egbert, D. Biber, and A. McClair. 2013. Formulaic Sequences and EAP Writing Development: Lexical Bundles in the TOEFL iBT Writing Section. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 12.214-225.
  • Gray, B., and D. Biber. 2013. Lexical Frames in Academic Prose and Conversation. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 18.109–135.
  • Biber, D., Bethany Gray, Kornwipa Poonpon. 2013. Pay attention to the phrasal structures: Going beyond T-units. TESOL Quarterly 47.192-201.
  • Biber, D. 2012. Register as a predictor of linguistic variation. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 8.9-37.
  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2011. Grammar emerging in the noun phrase: The influence of written language use. English Language and Linguistics 15.223-250.
  • Biber, D., Bethany Gray, Kornwipa Poonpon. 2011. Should we use characteristics of conversation to measure grammatical complexity in L2 writing development? TESOL Quarterly 45.5-35.
  • Biber, D. 2011. Corpus linguistics and the study of literature: Back to the future? Scientific Study of Literature 1.15–23.
  • Biber, D., and Bethany Gray. 2010. Challenging stereotypes about academic writing: Complexity, elaboration, explicitness. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 9.2-20.
  • Biber, D. 2009. A corpus-driven approach to formulaic language: Multi-word patterns in speech and writing. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 14.381-417.
  • Biber, D., and F. Barbieri. 2007. Lexical bundles in university spoken and written registers. English for Specific Purposes 26.263-86.
  • Biber, D. 2006. Stance in spoken and written university registers. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 5.97-116.
  • Biber, D., M. Davies, J. K. Jones, and N. Tracy-Ventura. 2006. Spoken and written register variation in Spanish: A multi-dimensional analysis. Corpora 1.7-38.
  • Biber, D., and J.K. Jones. 2005. Merging corpus linguistic and discourse analytic research goals: Discourse units in biology research articles. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 1.151-182.
  • Biber, D., S. Conrad, and V. Cortes. 2004. If you look at…: Lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks. Applied Linguistics 25.371-405.
  • Biber, D. 2004. Historical patterns for the grammatical marking of stance: A cross-register comparison. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 5.107-135.

Earlier research articles in refereed journals

  • Applied Linguistics (1994)
  • TESOL Quarterly (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Studies in Second Language Acquisition (2002)
  • Journal of Child Language (2002)
  • Journal of English Linguistics (2000)
  • Discourse Studies (1999)
  • International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (1996)
  • Text (1995, 1991, 1989)
  • Literary and Linguistic Computing (1993, 1990)
  • Computational Linguistics (1993a, 1993b)
  • Computers and the Humanities (1993)
  • Language Variation and Change (1992)
  • Discourse Processes (1992, 1988)
  • Linguistics (1989, 1985)
  • Language (1989, 1986)
  • American Speech (1987)