Green, Clarence Dr

Position: Senior Lecturer
Study area: Education
Location: Berwick Campus, Room 901-130A
Phone: 03 4313 7955


Doctor of Philosophy– University of Melbourne - 2014

Master of Applied Linguistics – University of Melbourne - 2011

Graduate Diploma of Education – La Trobe University - 2008

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – La Trobe University – 2004


Dr Clarence Green currently lectures in the School of Education at the Berwick campus of Federation University Australia. He holds a PhD in linguistics (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Applied Linguistics (University of Melbourne), as well as a Graduate diploma of Secondary Education (La Trobe). He is an Australian and Canadian citizen, whose previous roles included training teachers in Singapore while he was an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Dr Clarence Green spent several years as a secondary school English teacher in Victoria, Australia, and worked as an ESL lecturer in Toronto. He is currently registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Ontario College of Teachers.

Areas of expertise

Dr Clarence Green has published and taught in areas of the cognitive psychology of language, literacy instruction, language development, corpus linguistics, disciplinary literacy, stylistics and English grammar. His areas of expertise are language and literacy, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and research methods (statistics). His research has appeared in journals such as the Australian Journal of Education, Language Sciences, Linguistics and Education, System, Cognitive Linguistics, Language and Literature, English for Specific Purposes, the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Lingua. His book, Patterns and Development in the English Clause System (2017), is an examination of English clause grammar from a usage-based linguistics perspective. His corpus research involves using corpora (large samples of human language use designed for computational analysis) to explore the language of academic disciplines and produce pedagogical resources for enhancing disciplinary literacy across the curriculum in primary, secondary and second language educational contexts.

Research interests

  • Vocabulary and vocabulary curriculum design
  • Language development, in particular within educational contexts
  • Cognitive-functional grammar and usage-based linguistics
  • Educational linguistics


Julie Sharp, Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia) – Focus Area: Literature, Stylistic and Creative Writing. Co-supervisor (2020-current)

Liam Frost-Camilleri, Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia) – Focus Area: Readiness pedagogies and early school leavers. Co-supervisor (2020-current)

Melania Pantelich, Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia) – Focus Area: Teaching experiences of university lecturers in Australia with international students. Co-supervisor (2020-current)

Chen Lang, Doctor of Philosophy (Nanyang Technological University) – “Dominant Semantic Frames in the Genre of Research Articles”. Co-supervisor (2018-2019)

Christopher Ludwig: (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation. – “Investigating The Acquisition Of Formulaic Language And Vocabulary From Extensive Input: A Psycholinguistic And Corpus Study”. Sole Supervisor

Carolyn Qiu. (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation  “A Comparison Of Phrasal Verbs In Singapore English With British And American English”. Sole Supervisor.

Ng Qui Rong, Autumn. (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation- “A corpus-based analysis of Singapore's national day rally speeches”. - Sole Supervisor

Mahaletchumi Sivalingam. (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation – “Construction Grammar: Understanding Argument Structure Construction in L1 and L2 Language” Sole Supervisor

Lan Fang (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation - “Literature and Academic Vocabulary” Sole Supervisor

Norhikmah Sohoi (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation – “The Representation of Inclusion, Cohesion and Integration in Newspapers: A Corpus-Driven Study.” – Sole Supervisor

Linda Tay. (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation  - “Bilingual Processing Of Formulaic Sequences”. – Sole Supervisor.

Fudlana Mayatim (Nanyang Technological University). MA Dissertation – “Representations Of The Middle East In 16th To 20th Century Western Travel Writing: A Corpus Analysis. Sole Supervisor.



Green, C. (2017). Patterns and Development in the English Clause System: A Corpus-based Grammatical Overview. Springer: Springer.

Refereed journal articles

Steinkrauss, R., Green, C., Verspoor M., & Sun, H. (2023) A Dynamic Usage Based Perspective of Bilingual Children’s VAC Development in English. International Journal of Complexity in Education.

Green, C, & McLachlan, C. (2023) Vocabulary Acquisition in Early Education: From Oral Language to Emergent Academic Literacy.E. Rata (Ed) The Research Handbook on Curricula and Education.

Green., C. Pentalich, M., Barrow, M, Weerasinghe, D, Daniels, R. (2023) Receptive Vocabulary Size Estimates for General and Academic Vocabulary at a Multi-campus Australian University. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (Q1)

Baghdadli, A., Arcuri, G.G., Green, C.G., Gauthier, Gagnon, P & Gagnon, B. (2023) The Fast Cognitive Evaluation (FaCE): a screening tool to detect cognitive impairment in patients with cancer. BMC Cancer 23, 35 (2023).

Green, C. (2022). Corpora for Teaching Collocations in ESP. In The Routledge Handbook of Corpora and English Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 206-219). Routledge.

Green, C. (2022). Extensive reading for a 9,000-word vocabulary: Evidence from corpus modeling. Reading in a Foreign Language, 34(2), 2.

Green, C. (2022). Computing curriculum time and input for the incidental learning of academic vocabulary. Language Learning and Technology.

Green, C. (2021). Extensive viewing of children’s entertainment and the potential for incidental learning early years reading vocabulary: a corpus study. Language and Education, 1-15.

Green, C. (2021). The oral language productive vocabulary profile of children starting school: A resource for teachers. Australian Journal of Education, 0004944120982771.

Green, C., & Sun, H. (2021) Global estimates of syntactic alignment in adult and child utterances during interaction: NLP estimates based on multiple corpora. Language Sciences, 101353.

Green, C. (2020). Extensive reading and viewing as input for academic vocabulary: A large-scale vocabulary profile coverage study of students’ reading and writing across multiple secondary school subjects. Lingua.

Green, C. (2019). A Multilevel Description of Textbook Linguistic Complexity across Disciplines: Leveraging NLP to Support Disciplinary Literacy. Linguistics and Education, 53, 100748.

Green, C. (2019). Enriching the Academic Wordlist and Secondary Vocabulary Lists with Lexicogrammar: Toward a Pattern Grammar of Academic Vocabulary. System, 87, 102158.

Green, C., & Lambert, J. (2019). Position vectors, homologous chromosomes and gamma rays: Promoting disciplinary literacy through secondary phrase lists. English for Specific Purposes, 53, 1-12.

Green, C. & Lambert, J. (2018). Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 35, 105-115.

Green, C. (2017). Usage-based Linguistics and the Magic Number four. Cognitive Linguistics, 28(2), 209-237.

Green, C. (2017). Introducing the Corpus of the Canon of Western Literature: A corpus for culturomics and stylistics. Language and Literature, 26(4), 282-299.

Green, C. (2014). On the relationship between clause combination, grammatical hierarchy and discourse-pragmatic coherence. Functions of Language, 21(3), 297-332.

Green, C. (2014). An analysis of the relationship between cohesion and clause combination in English discourse employing NLP and data mining approaches. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 30(3), 326-343.

Refereed conference proceedings

Green, C; Giblin, I, Mulder, J. (2022, Oct). Limited Evidence for Abstract Structural Priming During Language Development and Interaction. PAPER PRESENTED AT the British Educational Research Association, Liverpool, UK.

Green, C. (2021, July). Limited Evidence for Abstract Structural Priming During Language Development and Interaction. PAPER PRESENTED AT the International Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic.

Green, C. (2020, Dec) A Corpus analysis of the oral language productive vocabulary of children at school entry to inform the Australian curriculum. Australian Linguistics Society, SIG: Building Bridges Between Linguistics And Schools

Green, C. (2019, August). The Mid-level Constructions of Academic Vocabulary: Towards a Pedagogical Resource. The Lexicogrammar of Academic Vocabulary Lists/LAV Lists). Paper presented at British Association of Applied Linguistics BAAL 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Green, C., & Lambert, J. (2018, May). Discipline-specific Corpora and the Development of Disciplinary Literacy. Paper presented at ICAME 39 (39th Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English), Tampere, Finland.

Green, C. (2018, June). Subject Area Education Heightens Resting Activation in the Mental Lexicon: A Report on Three Psycholinguistic Experiments into Disciplinary Literacy. Paper presented at 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Canada.

Green, C. (2017, July). Working Memory, Usage-based Linguistics and the Magic Number Four (Theme Session: Grammar and Neurolinguistics). Paper presented at International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 14, Tartu, Estonia.

Green, C. (2019, September). International Seminar on Language, Education, and Culture ISoLEC 2019. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Innovative Corpus based Vocabulary Teaching, Malang, Indonesia.

Green, C. (2017, August). International Conference on Language Teaching and Assessment. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, The Applications of Corpus Linguistics to Language Teaching and Assessment, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Workshops and seminars

Green, C. (2020, Dec) Oral  Language Productive  Vocabulary  at  School  Entry  and the Australian Curriculum: A Computational Approach. PeCALE virtual symposium 2020

Green, C (2020, July). Text Mining and Information Extraction using Corpus Linguistics (webinar). National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Green, C (2020, July) Graduate Level Research: Expectations and Challenges NIE Graduate Students Conference Webinar. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Green, C. (2020). Quantitative Research for VCE Extended, Mount Clear College Webinar.

Green, C. (2019, September). Corpus Linguistics for English Language Teaching and Research: A Practical Introduction. State University of Malang, Indonesia.

Green. C. (2019, June). Factor Analysis and Discriminant Function Analyses: Data Reduction techniques for grouping and classification. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Green, C. & Lambert, J. (2018, September). The Secondary Vocabulary List (SVL): A corpus-based discipline-specific vocabulary list for secondary school. Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Green, C. (2018, July). Common Statistical Procedures and How to Apply them in Research. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Editorial boards

  • Journal of English for Academic Purposes
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education


  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Australian Linguistics Society. Co-Chair, Linguistics in the School SIG.