Dr Mike Scott

Visiting Research Fellow: Corpus Linguistics

Dr Mike Scott
  • BA in European Studies majoring in Philosophy, University of Sussex, 1968
  • Dip. T.E.O. and PGCE, University of Manchester, 1974
  • M.A. General Linguistics, University of Manchester, 1975
  • PhD in Linguistics and Modern English Language, University of Lancaster,  1991
  • Teaching
  • PhD supervision in Applied Linguistics
  • Masters modules in lexis, EFL methodology, psychology, ESP, reading


  • Scott, M. & Johns, T, 1993, MicroConcord, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, M., 1996, Wordsmith Tools, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, M., 1997, Wordsmith Tools version 2, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, M., 1999, Wordsmith Tools version 3, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, M., 2002, Guardian Keywords Database Viewer, Amsterdam: Rodopi. (in cover of Scott 2002 below).
  • Scott, M., 2004, Wordsmith Tools version 4, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, M., 2008, Wordsmith Tools version 5, Liverpool: Lexical Analysis Software Ltd


  • Celani, A. Holmes, J., Ramos, R., Scott, M., 1988, The Brazilian ESP Project: An Evaluation, São Paulo: Educ, 219 pp.
  • Barbara, L. and Scott, M. (eds), 1994, Reflections on Language Learning, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 247 pp.
  • Scott, M. & Thompson, G., 2001. (eds.) Patterns of Text: in honour of Michael Hoey, Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Celani, M.A.A., Deyes, A.F., Holmes, J.L., Scott, M.R., 2005, ESP in Brazil: 25 years of evolution and reflection, São Paulo: Catholic University Press and Mercado de Letras, 416 pp.
  • Scott, M. & Tribble, C., 2006. Textual Patterns: keyword and corpus analysis in language education, Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Book chapters & articles

  • Scott, M., 1997, "PC Analysis of Key Words -- and Key Key Words",  System, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 1-13.
  • Scott, M., 2002, ‘Picturing the key words of a very large corpus and their lexical upshots – or  getting at the Guardian’s view of the world’ in B. Kettemann & G. Marko (eds.) Teaching and Learning by Doing Corpus Analysis, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 43-50 and cd-rom within the cover of the book.
  • Scott, M. 2006. "The Importance of Key Words for LSP" in Arnó Macià, E., A. Soler Cervera & C. Rueda Ramos (eds.), Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: issues and prospects. New York: Springer, pp. 231-243. ISBN: 0-387-28595-4.
  • Scott, M., 2008. "Developing WordSmith" in special issue of International Journal of English Studies entitled Monograph: Software-aided Analysis of Language, edited by M. Scott, P. Pérez-Paredes & P. Sánchez-Hernández. Vol 8, No. 1. pp. 153-172.
  • Scott. M. 2009. "In Search of a Bad Reference Corpus" in Dawn Archer (ed.) What’s in a Word-list? Investigating word frequency and keyword extraction. Oxford: Ashgate. pp. 79-92. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7240-1 or as EBook ISBN 978-0-7546-8065-9.
  • Founder member of Association for Language Awareness 
  • 2009 – date: Reader in Corpus Linguistics, School of Languages and Social Sciences,  Aston University.
  • 1990-2009: Lecturer, then Reader, English Language Unit and School of English, University of Liverpool.
  • 1970s and 1980s British Council-employment in Brazil and Mexico, specialising in ESP chiefly