About Robbie

I am a Lecturer in English Language at Aston University, UK. I am an applied linguist, specialising in corpus linguistics.

My research interests include:

  • spoken English – lexis, grammar, discourse, change
  • corpus linguistics
  • corpus design and construction
  • transcription
  • language in the public domain, e.g. news media, official communications
  • swearing
  • language research for English Language Teaching
  • language in mainstream education

I have published papers and given talks at conferences on these topics. My research also informs my teaching, which covers a range of topics in English Language and Linguistics.

I also hold the following academic roles:

Administration

Current:

Past:

  • Exams Representative and Academic Offences Officer, Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Aston University (2020-2022)
  • Marketing and Outreach coordinator, Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Aston University (2020-2022)
  • Fixed-term staff representative, Research and Innovation committee, School of Education, University of Leeds (2018-2020)

Editorial positions

Peer Reviewing

  • I am a Peer Reviewer for the Languages, Texts and Society Journal (University of Nottingham)
  • I am regularly invited to review submissions to journals and book series relevant to my research interests.
  • Journals:
    • Ampersand (Elsevier)
    • Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press)
    • Corpora (Edinburgh University Press)
    • Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press)
    • Discourse and Communication (SAGE Publications)
    • Discourse Studies (SAGE Publications)
    • International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins)
    • Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies (Cardiff University Press)
    • Journal of Open Humanities Data (Ubiquity Press)
    • Language Resources and Evaluation (Springer)
    • Research in Corpus Linguistics (Asociación Española de Lingüística de Corpus)
    • SAGE Open (SAGE Publications)
    • Text & Talk (De Gruyter)
  • Book series:
    • Corpus and Discourse (Bloomsbury)
    • Elements in Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press)
    • Studies in Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins)
    • I have also reviewed book chapters for the Bloomsbury Handbook of Corpus Linguistics and the Handbook of Pragmatics (John Benjamins).
  • I have served on the scientific committee for the following conferences:
    • American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference (2022)
    • American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) conference (2018, 2020)
    • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) conference (2022)
    • International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) conference (2019, 2020, 2022)
    • International Corpus Linguistics Conference (2021)
    • Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) conference (2020)

Conference/seminar organisation

Staff awards

  • 2021: Aston University Achievement Award for Best Newcomer (nominee)
  • 2021: Aston University College of Business and Social Sciences Staff Award for Best Newcomer (winner)
  • 2021: Aston Students’ Union Academic Award for Teaching – Engagement (nominee)
  • 2021: Aston Students’ Union Academic Award for Online Learning (nominee)

Membership

  • British Academy Early Career Researcher Network (2021-)
  • Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics (ACAL), Aston University (2021-)
  • UKRI Early Career Researcher Forum (2021-)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) (2017-)
  • Centre for Language Education Research (CLER), University of Leeds (2018-2020)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) (2019-2020)

Social media

  • From 2020-2022 I ran the Twitter account for the Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics at Aston University
  • From 2018-2020 I ran the Twitter account for the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) at the University of Leeds
  • From 2014-2017 I ran the Twitter account for the journal Corpora