Dr Robbie Love

Dr Robbie Love


I joined the University of Leeds in February 2018. Prior to this, I received my PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University in 2017, under the supervision of Professor Tony McEnery, before undertaking a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Cambridge's English exam board, Cambridge Assessment English, in the same year.

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research interests are in corpus linguistics, applied linguistics and language (in) education. Currently, I am focussing on creating opportunities for corpus methods to inform issues of language in mainstream UK education, working primarily with Professor Alice Deignan.

I am part of the research team for the British National Corpus 2014 (BNC2014) at Lancaster University, where, in collaboration with Cambridge University Press, I worked on the compilation of the spoken part of the corpus (the Spoken BNC2014): a new, 11.5 million word corpus of informal, real-life spoken British English, which was made available to the public in 2017.

I also maintain an interest in representations of sexuality in public discourse and ‘bad language’.

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  • PhD Linguistics
  • MA Language and Linguistics
  • BA Hons Linguistics

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

Student education

At the School of Education I teach about the analysis of language through a range of theoretical frameworks. I have also taught about corpus linguistics, English language, linguistics and linguistic typology.

I currently co-supervise one PhD student (Darren Perrett).

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education
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