Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Dr Robbie Love

Research Fellow in Applied and Corpus Linguistics

I am a researcher in applied and corpus linguistics, specialising on issues of language in mainstream UK education. I received my PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Tony McEnery, and worked for Cambridge English as a Senior Research Manager before moving to Leeds in 2018. I also have an MA in Language and Linguistics and a BA in Linguistics, both from Lancaster University.

Research Interests

My research interests are in (applied) corpus linguistics and corpus linguistics methodology. Working primarily with Professor Alice Deignan, I am interested in creating opportunities for corpus linguistics to inform issues of language in education. I am part of the research team that was responsible for the compilation of the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (Spoken BNC2014): a new, 11.5 million word corpus of informal, real-life spoken British English, which was made publicly available in 2017.

PhD Supervision

I am willing to supervise postgraduate research which uses corpus linguistics as a primary methodology.

Key Publications

Journal Articles


  • McEnery T, Love RM, ‘Bad Language’, in English Language Description, Variation and Context (Palgrave, 2018)

Media Contact Areas

I am happy for the media to contact me for comment on language change in present day British English.

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