Stefan Th. Gries

Stefan Th. Gries

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Professor, Linguistics



I am a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics, who uses a variety of different statistical methods to investigate linguistic topics such as morphophonology, syntax, the syntax-lexis interface, semantics, and first and second/foreign language acquisition. Another major research interest is quantitative corpus-linguistic methodology (corpus homogeneity and comparisons, association and dispersion measures, n-gram identification and exploration, and other quantitative methods). Much of my work involves predictive modeling (regression modeling, tree- and forest-based models, association rules as well as exploratory statistics); occasionally and mainly collaboratively, I also uses experimental methods. Much of my work involves the open source software R.


Stefan Th. Gries is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (since September 2011), and since 1 April 2018 also Chair of English Linguistics (Corpus Linguistics with a focus on quantitative methods, 25%) at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. He was a Visiting Chair (2013–2017) of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University,  the Honorary Leibniz Professor (spring semester 2017) at the Research Academy Leipzig of the Leipzig University, and Visiting Professor at 5 recent Linguistic Society of America Linguistic Institutes (Stanford University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Chicago, and University of California, Davis.