This is a sample of recent PhD-level research at Essex that has involved corpora:
Supervised by Sonja Eisenbeiss
Elena Papadopoulou (2013). The Acquisition of Wh-questions by Cypriot-Greek Children.
Shorouq Khalid Al-Houti (2013). The Acquisition of Finiteness, Nominal and Verbal Agreement by Kuwaiti Children Acquiring Arabic.
Supervised by Sophia Skoufaki
Farooqui, Afnan (2011 – current) A Corpus-based study of Academic Collocations Use and Patterns in Postgraduate Computer Science Students’ Writing
Supervised by Bojana Petric
Ono, M. (2012). A genre analysis of Japanese and English Ph.D. theses in the field of literature: Macrostructure and introductory chapters.
Emhammed, A. (2014). A comparative genre analysis of English and Arabic research article introductions in the field of education: Textual features, writers’ perspectives, and writing contexts.
Ha, Fong (current), who is doing a cross-cultural analysis of evaluative acts in classical concert reviews in British and Hong Kong press