Dr Robbie Love

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    Contact Details

    Office: NW905, School of Social Sciences and Humanities

    Email: r.love@aston.ac.uk

    Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4122

    Website: robbielove.org

    Twitter: @lovermob


    I am a Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English, School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Research Interests

    I am a researcher and educator in English language and linguistics, with a specialism in corpus linguistics. A lot of my work to date has focussed on the creation and analysis of spoken corpora: my monograph "Overcoming Challenges in Corpus Construction", which describes my work on the creation of the spoken component of the British National Corpus 2014, was published by Routledge in 2020. I am currently conducting research which uses this and other spoken corpora to explore recent change in spoken grammar and discourse.

    I am also interested in the role of language in mainstream UK education. I am currently working with the University of Leeds on the ESRC-funded project Linguistic Challenges of the Transition from Primary to Secondary School, which involves the creation and analysis of written and spoken corpora of the academic language that students typically encounter in primary and secondary school.

    More broadly, I maintain an interest in language in the news media and other public discourse spaces.

    Teaching Activity


    Teaching Period 1

    • Language in the News Media

    Teaching Period 2

    • Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics
    • Crime Fiction
    • Multimodal Analysis
    • Practical Applications of Language Description


    • Examinations Officer, Department of English
    • Marketing and Outreach Officer, Department of English
    • Member of the university Senate

    PhD Supervision

    I would be very happy to talk to prospective doctoral researchers interested in any of the following areas:

    • English corpus linguistics: corpus design, corpus data collection, multimodal corpora, spoken discourse, spoken grammar, language change, news/media discourse analysis
    • language in mainstream education: the secondary transition, academic language, teacher talk, relationships and sex education

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • 2018: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Post-doctoral Fellowship (Short-Term). ‘Updating AntConc for spoken and educational language data’ (£8,363).


    I am available to take on consulting projects in the areas of linguistics and the English language. Previous clients have included Cambridge University Press, MEND, Mischief PR, the National Trust, Reed Business Information and TENA.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics. I sit on the committee of the BAAL Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group as Communications Officer.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Lancaster University


    MA, Lancaster University


    BA, Lancaster University


    External positions

    Communications Officer, BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG

    Jan 2021 → …


    • PE English
    • Corpus Linguistics
    • spoken grammar
    • spoken discourse
    • discourse analysis
    • language change
    • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
    • H Social Sciences (General)


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