Matt Gee

Research Fellow in Linguistics

School of English

Matt Gee develops research and teaching tools in the Research and Development Unit for English Studies (RDUES). This includes the creation of a fully-fledged search engine (WebCorp LSE), designed to treat the web as a source of linguistic data. WebCorp LSE can download, clean-up and present through a search interface texts from the web, especially for corpus linguistic style analysis (including wildcard and part-of-speech search, concordancing, collocation and change over time).

He also developed eMargin. A web-based tool which replicates the practice of close reading by allowing the annotation and discussion of digital texts. eMargin is used by educational institutions of all levels for literature studies, language learning, literary skills development, linguistic annotation and humanities research to name a few. It has also been used outside of education, for example, for the discussion of policy documents by political groups.

Matt continues to develop WebCorp Live, a sister tool WebCorp LSE. WebCorp Live uses APIs provided by commercial web search engines to retrieve basic search results, then further refines these results to present them in a manner suitable for linguistic study. Searches can be performed in multiple languages, thus WebCorp Live is used by teachers, researchers and translators around the world.

In his recent work, Matt has used automated methods to study topic on web-forums, investigate the differing use of language in professional and consumer reviews of video games and analyse interactions between users in newspaper comment threads. He is also working on a visualisation tool for the analysis of open-text questions in surveys, with a focus on the National Student Survey.