Final or pre-publication versions are often available online linked via the date on the left; where this is not the final publication, other links direct to the webpage for the journal or book. When I can’t find a text I’m looking for on line, I often email the author…

Unfortunately there aren’t as many as there used to be – too much admin and management.


Journal articles, books and chapters

In press. Peter Crosthwaite & Alex Boulton. DDL is dead? Long live DDL! Expanding the boundaries of data-driven learning. In H. Tyne, M. Bilger, L. Buscail, M. Leray, N. Curry & C. Pérez-Sabater (Eds.), Discovering language: Learning and affordance. Peter Lang.

In press. Alex Boulton. Corpus et didactique en France. In V. Privas-Bréauté (Ed.), Du recueil de données à l’analyse des corpus en didactique des langues : éthique, procédure, outils, moyens. Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

2021. Alex Boulton & Nina Vyatkina. Thirty years of data-driven learning: Taking stock and charting new directions. Language Learning & Technology, 25(3), 66-89. [DDL empirical survey LLT_v2 supp_mats: list of 489 empirical DDL studies]

2021. Alex Boulton. Research in data-driven learning. In P. Pérez-Paredes & G. Mark (eds.), Beyond the concordance: Corpora in language education (pp. 9-34). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [BOU_list: list of 351 empirical DDL studies]

2021. Yazdan Choubsaz, Alireza Jalilipar & Alex Boulton. Context, method & theory in CALL research articles. In Zoghlami, C. Brudermann, C. Sarré, M. Grosbois, L. Bradley, & S. Thouësny (Eds), CALL and professionalisation (pp. 52-56). Dublin:, p. 52-56.

2020. Yazdan Choubsaz, Alex Boulton & Alireza Jalilipar. Laying the groundwork for a historical overview of high-impact CALL papers. In K-M. Frederiksen, L. Bradley, & S. Thouësny (eds.), CALL for Widening Participation. Dublin: DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2020.48.1163

2019. Alex Boulton. First contact with language corpora: Perspectives from students In F. Meunier, J. Van de Vyver, L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), CALL and complexity (pp. 51-56). Dublin: Research-Publishingnet. DOI: 1014705/rpnet201938985

2019. Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning for younger learners: Obstacles and optimism. Foreword to P. Crosthwaite (Ed.), Data-driven learning for the next generation: Corpora and DDL for pre-tertiary learners. Abingdon: Routledge

2018. Alex Boulton. Les corpus et les TIC comme aide à la découverte des langues. Les Langues Modernes, 2018(2), 71-84.

2018. Miras, G., Boulton, A., Kübler, N., & Narcy-Combes, J.-P. Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée (AFLA). European Journal of Applied Linguistics, 6(2), 315-326? DOI: 10.1515/eujal-2018-0004

2017. Alex Boulton & Sylvie De Cock. Dictionaries as aids for language learning. In P. Hanks & G.-M. de Schryver (eds.), International Handbook of Lexis and Lexicography. New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_25-1

2017. Alex Boulton & Tom Cobb. Corpus use in language learning: A meta-analysis. Language Learning, 67(2): 348-393. DOI 10.1111/lang.12224

2017. Alex Boulton. Data driven learning and language pedagogy. In S. Thorne & S. May (eds.), Language, Education and TechnologyEncyclopedia of Language and Education. New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-02328-1_15-1

2017. Alex Boulton. Research timeline: Corpora in language teaching and learning. Language Teaching, 50(4): 483-506. DOI 10.1017/S0261444817000167

2016. Alex Boulton & Corinne Landure. Using corpora in language teaching, learning and use. Recherche et Pratiques Pédagogiques en Langues de Spécialité – Cahiers de l’APLIUT, 35(2): n.p. DOI: 10.4000/apliut.5433

2016. Alex Boulton. Integrating corpus tools & techniques in ESP courses. ASp, 69: 111-135. DOI: 10.4000/asp.4826

2016. Alex Boulton & Maud Ciekanski. Analyse de G. Sockett: The Online Informal Learning of English. Alsic, 19: n.p.

2016. Alex Boulton. The internet as a language resource: Fostering learner autonomy in the real and virtual worlds. Гуманитарная Образовательная Среда Технического Вуза Материалы Международной Научно-Методической Конференции [Humanitarian Educational Environment in Technical Universities]. St Petersbourg: Совета по Издательство Политехнического Университета, p.16-18.

2016. Alex Boulton. Quantifying CALL: Significance, effect size and variation. In S. Papadima-Sophocleous, L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (eds), CALL Communities and Culture: Short Papers from EUROCALL 2016. Dublin:, p. 55-60. DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2016.eurocall2016.538

2015. Tom Cobb & Alex Boulton. Classroom applications of corpus analysis. In D. Biber & R. Reppen (eds), Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 478-497. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139764377.027

2015. Alex Boulton. Applying data-driven learning to the web. In A. Leńko-Szymańska & A. Boulton (eds), Multiple Affordances of Language Corpora for Data-driven Learning. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 267-295. DOI: 10.1075/scl.69.13bou

2015. Agnieszka Leńko-Szymańska & Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning in language pedagogy. Introduction to A. Leńko-Szymańska & A. Boulton (eds), Multiple Affordances of Language Corpora for Data-driven Learning. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 1-14.

2015. Alex Boulton, Emmanuelle Canut, Emmanuelle Guerin, Christophe Parisse & Henry Tyne. Corpus et appropriation de L1 et L2. LINX, 68-69 : 9-32. DOI: 10.4000/linx.1475

2015. Alex Boulton. From research to research synthesis in CALL. In F. Helm, L. Bradley, M. Guarda & S. Thouësny (eds), Critical CALL. Dublin:, p. 84-90. DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2015.000314

2014. Alex Boulton & Henry Tyne. Des Documents Authentiques aux Corpus: Démarches pour l’Apprentissage des Langues. Paris: Didier.

2014. Alex Boulton & Henry Tyne. Corpus-based study of language and teacher education. In M. Bigelow & J. Ennser-Kananen (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics. New York: Routledge, p. 301-312.

2014. Alex Boulton & Pascual Pérez-Paredes. Researching new uses of corpora for language teaching and learning. Editorial to ReCALL, 26(2): 121-127. DOI: 10.1017/S0958344014000068

2014. Alex Boulton & Henry Tyne. Ecology and data-driven approaches in teaching and learning. In H. Tyne, V. André, A. Boulton, C. Benzitoun & Y. Greub (eds), French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, p. 250-256.

2013. Alex Boulton & Henry Tyne. Corpus linguistics and data-driven learning: A critical overview. Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée, 97: 97‑118.

2013. Alex Boulton. Separating fact and fiction: The real story of corpus use in language teaching. In L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (eds), 20 Years of EUROCALL: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future. Dublin:, p. 51-56. DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2013.000138

2013. Alex Boulton. Wanted: Large corpus, simple software. No timewasters. In A. Leńko-Szymańska (ed.), TaLC10: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Teaching and Language Corpora. Warsaw: Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw.

2012. Alex Boulton. Hands-on / hands-off: Alternative approaches to data-driven learning. In J. Thomas & A. Boulton (eds), Input, Process and Product: Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora. Brno: Masaryk University Press, p. 152-168.

2012. Alex Boulton & James Thomas. Corpus language input, corpus processes in learning, learner corpus product. Introduction to J. Thomas & A. Boulton (eds), Input, Process and Product: Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora. Brno: Masaryk University Press, p. 7-34.

2012. Alex Boulton. Corpus consultation for ESP: A review of empirical research. In A. Boulton, S. Carter-Thomas & E. Rowley-Jolivet (eds), Corpus-Informed Research and Learning in ESP: Issues and Applications. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 261-291. DOI: 10.1075/scl.52.11bou

2012. Alex Boulton, Shirley Carter-Thomas & Elizabeth Rowley-Jolivet. Issues in corpus-informed research and learning in ESP. Introduction to A. Boulton, S. Carter-Thomas & E. Rowley-Jolivet (eds), Corpus-Informed Research and Learning in ESP: Issues and Applications. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 1-14. DOI:

2012. Alex Boulton. Computer corpora in language learning: DST approaches to research. Mélanges Crapel, 33: 79-91. [Revised version of A. Boulton, 2011, Blending research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching computer corpora for language learning.]

2012. Alex Boulton. Beyond concordancing: Multiple affordances of corpora in university language degrees. Languages, Cultures and Virtual Communities. Elsevier Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 34: 33-38.

2012. Alex Boulton. What data for data-driven learning? Eurocall Review, 20(1): 23‑27.

2011. Alex Boulton. Bringing corpora to the masses: Free and easy tools for interdisciplinary language studies. In N. Kübler (ed.), Corpora, Language, Teaching, and Resources: From Theory to Practice. Bern: Peter Lang, p. 69-96.

2011. Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning: The perpetual enigma. In S. Goźdź-Roszkowski (ed.), Explorations across Languages and Corpora. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, p. 563‑580.

2011. Alex Boulton. Blending research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching computer corpora for language learning. In C. Lee (ed.), New Directions for Blended Learning in EFL: Proceedings of KAMALL 2011. Daejeon: KAMALL, p. 63-74.

2010. Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning: Taking the computer out of the equation. Language Learning, 60(3): 534-572. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2010.00566.x

2010. Alex Boulton. Learning outcomes from corpus consultation. In M. Moreno Jaén, F. Serrano Valverde & M. Calzada Pérez (eds), Exploring New Paths in Language Pedagogy: Lexis and Corpus-Based Language Teaching. London: Equinox, p. 129‑144.

2010. Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning: On paper, in practice. In T. Harris & M. Moreno Jaén (eds), Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching. Bern: Peter Lang, p. 17-52.

2010. Alex Boulton. Language awareness and medium-term benefits of corpus consultation. In A. Gimeno Sanz (ed.), New Trends in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Working Together. Madrid: Macmillan ELT, p. 39-46.

2010. Alex Boulton. Consultation de corpus et styles d’apprentissage. Cahiers de l’APLIUT, 29(1): 98‑115.

2010. Corinne Landure & Alex Boulton. Corpus et autocorrection pour l’apprentissage des langues. ASp, 57: 11-30.

2009. Alex Boulton. Testing the limits of data-driven learning: Language proficiency and training. ReCALL, 21(1): 37-51. DOI: 10.1017/S0958344009000068

2009. Alex Boulton. Data-driven learning: Reasonable fears and rational reassurance. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 35(1): 81-106.

2009. Alex Boulton. Corpora for all? Learning styles and data-driven learning. In M. Mahlberg, V. González-Díaz & C. Smith (eds), Proceedings of 5th Corpus Linguistics Conference.

2009. Sophie Bailly, Alex Boulton, Anne Chateau, Richard Duda & Henry Tyne. L’anglais langue d’appui pour l’apprentissage du français langue étrangère. In G. Forlot (ed.), L’Anglais et le Plurilinguisme: Pour une Didactique des Contacts et des Passerelles Linguistiques. Paris: L’Harmattan, p. 35-57.

2009. Henry Tyne & Alex Boulton. Faut-il aménager les documents authentiques en vue de l’apprentissage? Table ronde présidée par Angela Chambers avec la participation de Richard Duda, Emmanuelle Carette, Francis Carton, Chantal Parpette & Jean-Marc Mangiante. Mélanges Crapel, 31: 273-286.

2008. Alex Boulton. Looking for empirical evidence of data-driven learning at lower levels. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (ed.), Corpus Linguistics, Computer Tools, and Applications: State of the Art. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, p. 581-598.

2008. Alex Boulton. Esprit de corpus: Promouvoir l’exploitation de corpus en apprentissage des langues. Texte et Corpus, 3: 37-46.

2008. Alex Boulton, Anne Chateau, Myriam Pereiro & Radia Azzam-Hannachi. Learning to learn languages with ICT – but how? CALL-EJ, 9(2): n.p.

2008. Alex Boulton. DDL: Reaching the parts other teaching can’t reach? In A. Frankenberg-Garcia (ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Teaching and Language Corpora Conference. Lisbon: ISLA-Lisboa, p. 38-44.

2008. Alex Boulton & Myriam Pereiro. But what’s wrong with it? Corpus linguistics, helping non-linguists find order in a fuzzy world. In M. Pereiro & H. Daniels (eds), Le Désordre. Grendel, hors série 2: 161-185.

2007. Jeanne-Marie Debaisieux & Alex Boulton. Alors la question c’est…? Questions pragmatiques et annotation pédagogique des corpus. Cahiers AFLS, 13(2): 31‑59.

2007. Alex Boulton. DDL is in the details… and in the big themes. In M. Davies, P. Rayson, S. Hunston & P. Danielsson (eds), Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics Conference: CL2007.

2007. Alex Boulton. But where’s the proof? The need for empirical evidence for data-driven learning. In M. Edwardes (ed.), Proceedings of the BAAL Annual Conference 2007. London: Scitsiugnil Press, p. 13-16.

2006. Alex Boulton & Stephan Wilhelm. Habeant Corpus – they should have the body: Tools learners have the right to use. ASp, 49/50: 155-170.

2006. Alex Boulton. Autonomy and the internet in distance learning: Reading between the e-lines. Mélanges Crapel, 28: 101-112.

2006. Alex Boulton. To er is human: Silent pauses and speech dysfunctions of the 2004 US presidential debates. In M. Pereiro & H. Daniels (eds), Le Désaccord. Nancy: AMAES, p. 7-32.

2005. Alex Boulton. Apprendre à apprendre à écouter pour comprendre: Un outil multimédia. Les Cahiers de l’ASDIFLE, 17: 173‑182.

2003. Alex Boulton. Tu parles! J’écoute. Je comprends. Intercompréhension face à la diversité linguistique. Actes du 31e Congrès de l’UPLEGESS, p. 17-22.

2001. Alex Boulton & Paul Booth. Communication in the void and communication avoided: Medium and mediation in on-line language teaching. ASp, 31/33: 89‑102.

2001. Alex Boulton. Aspects lexicaux de l’acquisition ‘naturelle’ et de l’apprentissage ‘artificiel’ en L2. Mélanges Crapel, 26: 63-90.

2001. Alex Boulton & Harvey Moulden. Écouter pour comprendre. Actes du 29e Congrès de l’UPLEGESS, p. 59-63.

2000. Alex Boulton. From oxidation to Paf the Dog: Mental images of student engineers in EFL vocabulary association and retention. ASp, 27/30: 33-47.

2000. Alex Boulton & David Brown. ID reçue: Les mythes modernes et l’identité de l’apprenant L2. Actes du 28e Congrès de l’UPLEGESS.

1999. Alex Boulton. Anciennes et nouvelles technologies: Métaphores de l’esprit linguistique. ASp, 23/26: 323-333.

1999. Alex Boulton. Associations lexicales interculturelles. Actes du 27e Congrès de l’UPLEGESS.

1998. Alex Boulton. Le Lexique Mental L2: Connexions et Associations. Unpublished PhD thesis. Nancy, France: Université Nancy 2.

1998. Alex Boulton. L’acquisition du lexique en langue étrangère. Actes du 26e Congrès de l’UPLEGESS, p. 77-87.


Edited volumes

2013-. Editor with Françoise Blin (and sole editor as of 2017) for ReCALL, an international journal with a 2016 impact factor of 2.333 (Thompson Reuters) and ranked 7th on the JCR list for linguistics.

2017. Nina Vyatkina & Alex Boulton (eds). Language Learning & Technology, 21(3). Special issue: Corpora in Language Teaching and Learning.

2015. Agnieszka Leńko-Szymańska & Alex Boulton (eds). Multiple Affordances of Language Corpora for Data-driven Learning. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Studies in Corpus Linguistics 69.] DOI: 10.1075/scl.69

2015. Henry Tyne, Virginie André, Alex Boulton & Emmanuelle Canut (eds). LINX, 68-69. Special issue: Corpus et Apprentissage du Français: Approches et Pratiques. DOI: 10.4000/linx.1464

2014. Alex Boulton & Pascual Pérez-Paredes (eds). ReCALL, 26(2). Special issue: Researching New Uses of Corpora for Language Teaching and Learning.

2014. Henry Tyne, Virginie André, Alex Boulton, Christophe Benzitoun & Yan Greub (eds). French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

2014. Dominique Macaire & Alex Boulton (eds). Recherches en Didactique des Langues et des Cultures, 11(1). Special issue: Les Corpus en Didactique des langues.

2012. James Thomas & Alex Boulton (eds). Input, Process and Product: Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora. Brno: Masaryk University Press.

2012. Alex Boulton, Shirley Carter-Thomas & Elizabeth Rowley-Jolivet (eds). Corpus-Informed Research and Learning in ESP: Issues and Applications. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2012. Sophie Bailly, Alex Boulton & Dominique Macaire (eds). Mélanges Crapel, 33. Special issue: Didactique des Langues et Complexité: Hommage à Richard Duda.

2012. Dominique Macaire & Alex Boulton (eds). Elsevier Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 34. Special issue: Languages, Cultures and Virtual Communities.

2009. Alex Boulton (ed.). Mélanges Crapel, 31. Special issue: Des Documents Authentiques Oraux aux Corpus: Questions d’Apprentissage en Didactique des Langues.

2006. Jeanne-Marie Debaisieux & Alex Boulton (eds). Mélanges Crapel, 28. Special issue: TIC et Autonomie dans l’Apprentissage des Langues.