Prof Michael McCarthy


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Prof Michael McCarthy: A leader in corpus and applied linguistics


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Michael McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK, Adjunct Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is author of Vocabulary (Oxford University Press, 1990), Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers (Cambridge University Press, 1991), Language as Discourse (with Ronald Carter, Longman, 1994), Exploring Spoken English (with Ronald Carter, Cambridge University Press, 1997), Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy (co-edited with Norbert Schmitt, Cambridge University Press, 1997), Spoken Language and Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Exploring Grammar in Context (with Ronald Carter and Rebecca Hughes, Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Issues in Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He is also co-author of Vocabulary in Use, Basic, Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels (with Felicity O'Dell, Cambridge University Press, 1994), and author of many academic papers. He is also Academic Consultant to the Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs and the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms and Phrases. From 1994 to 1998 he was co-editor of Applied Linguistics. He is co-director (with Ronald Carter) of the 5-million word CANCODE spoken English corpus project, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, at the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has lectured on language and language teaching in 37 countries and has been actively involved in ELT for 35 years.

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McCarthy is working on spoken English with Ronald Carter (also deserving a corpus VIP entry) on the basis of CANCODE.