School of Education

Dr Clarence Green

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


Doctor of Philosophy– University of Melbourne - 2014

Master or 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 Linguistics and Education, System, Cognitive Linguistics, Language and Literature, English for Specific Purposes, the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Functions of Language, and Literary and Linguistic Computing. 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


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

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. (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. (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.


  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • International Association of Applied Psychology