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Mathew Gillings is an Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

Mathew completed his PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University (UK) and now specialises in the use of corpus-assisted methods to explore discourse (that is, using computational techniques to study textual data through both quantitative and qualitative means). His previous and ongoing research applies this method to the study of deception (detection), (variational) politeness, and Shakespeare's language. Much of this work takes a methodological angle, exploring how corpus linguistic techniques can be applied to different areas of linguistics, the social sciences, and beyond.

Mathew is also a member of the Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's Language project which seeks to offer new insights into Shakespeare's language, such as what words meant in the Early Modern period, how his plays would have been understood by his contemporaries, and exactly what made his writing so special. A taste of the project and its findings can be found on our free online course hosted on FutureLearn: "Shakespeare's Language: Revealing Meanings and Exploring Myths":


  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business