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Dr Benet Vincent

Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Benet has worked at Coventry University since 2013. He works as an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and is involved in leading undergraduate modules on the BA English, English and Creative Writing and English language English and TEFL courses on discourse analysis, computer-assisted language learning and corpus approaches to English language. He also leads modules on the MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics course including the dissertation module. 

As link tutor responsible for the BA in English and TESOL and BA in English Studies run by a partner institution in Colombo, Sri Lanka, he helps maintain quality standards on these courses. He is part of the supervision teams for three PhD students who are using corpus methodologies to investigate features of English.  

Career overview

Prior to moving into academia, Benet gained extensive experience teaching English as a Foreign Language and English in a number of countries including Russia, China and Turkey, where he worked for Sabanci University. He completed his PhD ‘Modality and the V wh pattern’ at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the HEA.


Benet is actively involved in research relating to applications of corpus linguistics, working on the following projects: 

He coordinates the CLaC (Corpus Linguistics at Coventry) group and is currently Guest Editor of a Special Issue in Applied Corpus Linguistics on the Language of Covid-19. 

External activities

He is a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and acts as web editor for the Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group 

Publications and press

  • Vincent, B., Power, K., Gardner, S. & Crossthwaite, P. (in review) Directives in Covid-19 government guidance: an international comparison. Applied Corpus Linguistics 
  • Nesi, H. & Vincent, B. (in press) Corpora and feedback in EAP. In R. Jablonkai & E. Csomay (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Corpora and English Language Teaching and Learning. Routledge
  • Vincent, B. & Clarke, J. (2022) ‘The colours of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen’: the adaptation of Nadsat in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. In Melia, M & Orgill, G. (eds), Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Vincent, B., Nesi, H. & Quinn, D. (2021) Exploiting corpora to provide guidance for academic writing: the BAWE Quicklinks project. In M. Charles and A. Frankenburg-Garcia (eds), Corpora in ESP/EAP writing instruction: Preparation, Exploitation, Analysis. Routledge, 13-31
  • Curry, N., Clarke, J. and Vincent, B. (2021) Ponying the slovos: A parallel linguistic analysis of A Clockwork Orange in English, French and Spanish. In Cambpell, I. (ed), Science Fiction in Translation. Palgrave Macmillan, 165-188
  • Vincent, B. & Clarke, J. (2020) Nadsat in translation:  A Clockwork Orange and L’Orange Mécanique. Meta: journal des traducteurs, 65(3): 643-664
  • Vincent, B. (2020) Obligation in student academic writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 44 
  • Mathew, P., Nesi, H. & Vincent, B. (2019) Corpus from scratch: collecting and processing a sizeable EAP corpus in a (relatively) resource-poor context. In M. Gillway (ed.) Proceedings of BALEAP 2017 conference. Reading: Garnet Publishing, 93-99
  • Vincent, B. & Nesi, H. (2018) The BAWE Quicklinks project: a new DDL resource for university students. Revue de Linguistique et de Didactique des Langues, 58 [online],
  • Rezoug, F. & Vincent, B. (2018) Exploring Lexical Bundles in the Algerian Corpus of  
    Engineering. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 3(1): 47-77.
  • Vincent, B. & Clarke, J. (2017) The Language of A Clockwork Orange: A Corpus Linguistics Approach to Nadsat. Language and Literature, 26(3): 247-264. 
  • Vincent, B. (2017) Nadsat: the antilanguage of A Clockwork Orange. Babel 19: 34-37.
  • Vincent, B. (2013) Modality and the V wh pattern. In Corpus Perspectives on Patterns of Lexis, H. Hasselgard, J. Ebeling & S. Ebeling (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 247- 
  • Vincent, B. (2013) Investigating academic phraseology through combinations of very frequent words: a methodological exploration. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 12(1): 44-56.
  • Vincent, B. and Şener Nordling, M. (2011) Researching and implementing a pedagogic genre: The short answer. In S. Etherington (ed.), Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference: English for Specific Academic Purposes. Reading: Garnet Publishing, 79-85.
  • Vincent, B. (2008) Short answers in university examinations: Important features, principles and teaching ideas. In C. Coombe, A. Jendli & P. Davidson (eds.), Teaching Writing Skills in EFL: Theory, Research and Pedagogy. Dubai: TESOL Arabia, 341-351. 
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