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uteromerUte Römer

Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Ute Römer is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Before moving to Georgia, she was the Director of the Applied Corpus Linguistics Unit at the University of Michigan English Language Institute where she managed the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) and the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP) projects from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, she taught in Germany at the University of Cologne and at Leibniz University, Hanover from where she received her Ph.D. in English Linguistics in 2004. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Corpus Linguistics Lab of the University of Florida and an associate member of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism at the University of Reading, UK. She serves on a range of Editorial and Advisory Boards of professional journals and organisations and is General Editor of the Studies in Corpus Linguistics book series. 


robbieloveRobbie Love

University of Leeds

Robbie Love is a Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. He studied at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, where he worked with Cambridge University Press to compile the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (Spoken BNC2014), a new, publicly-accessible corpus of everyday spoken British English. The corpus was released to the public in 2017. Following this, he worked for Cambridge Assessment English at the University of Cambridge as a Senior Research Manager, focussing on the development of the Cambridge Learner Corpus, before moving to Leeds in 2018.

He graduated in 2013 with a First Class B.A.(Hons) Linguistics degree from Lancaster University, receiving the Anna Siewierska Memorial Prize for highest grades. He immediately began a 1+3 Ph.D. studentship at CASS. In 2014, he graduated with an M.A. in Language and Linguistics with Distinction, and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2017, under the supervision of Tony McEnery.


rachelleRachelle Vessey

Rachelle Vessey is Lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Canada, she obtained a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London and then worked at Newcastle University for several years prior to moving back to London. Rachelle's work is motivated by sociopolitical issues, in particular how beliefs about language (i.e. language ideologies and attitudes) are used in social categorization.

Using corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, her work tackles a range of media data, demonstrating how “common sense” beliefs about language are related to broader social issues and hierarchies within minority groups, national groups and a globalised world. Rachelle is especially interested in the role of English and French and their role in countries such as Canada. She has published articles related to these areas in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language and Politics, Language & Intercultural Communication, Discourse & Society, Corpora, and Multilingua. Her book, Language and Canadian Media: Representations, Ideologies, Policies was published in 2016.  

Last Updated: 6 February 2018

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