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.


  • Fixed-term staff representative, School of Education Research & Innovation Committee

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research interests are in:

  • applied linguistics,
  • corpus linguistics, especially methodology,
  • language (in) education,
  • LGBT inequalities.

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.

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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

Current postgraduate researchers

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