Dr Robert Lawson

Lecturer and BA Course Director

School of English
Email:
robert.lawson@bcu.ac.uk
Biography

Dr Robert Lawson completed his ESRC-funded PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow in 2009 which focused on urban adolescent language use in Glasgow. During the course of his PhD, he completed a period of overseas research training at the University of Arizona, taught a range of undergraduate courses at the University of Glasgow and University of Stirling, and presented at a number of international conferences.

Since starting in his role at Birmingham City University, Dr Lawson has continued to focus on language use in Scotland and the UK, as well as the application of sociolinguistic research beyond academia. In the academic year 2012/13, he was seconded to the University of Pittsburgh as the recipient of the Fulbright Scholar's Award in Scottish Studies, during which he completed a major edited volume about sociolinguistic research in Scotland and started a longer term project examining the application and impact of sociolinguistic research beyond academia (with Dr Dave Sayers).

Dr Lawson is also working on a project with Dr Ursula Lutzky which analyses patterns of interruption and turn-taking in the television show 'Mock the Week' and examines these patterns in relation to issues of institutional sexism in the entertainment industry.

Qualifications

MA (Hons), MPhil PhD (University of Glasgow)

PG Cert (HE) Birmingham City University

SFHEA

Teaching

Language and Social Variation (MA), Language and Gender (level 6), Language and Social Identity (level 5), Describing Language (level 4), Studying Language (level 4)

Research

Dr Lawson's research interests include:

  • Sociolinguistics,
  • Language and Gender,
  • Ethnography,
  • Language in the public eye,
  • Language in the media,
  • Research application and impact

Robert is also interested in how language is used in society and how sociolinguistic research can help improve human wellbeing in a variety of contexts.

Thesis

A sociolinguistic ethnography of language, masculinity and identity among urban adolescent males in Glasgow.

Publications

Journal articles

2016 Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact. Routledge. Forthcoming. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415748520.

2016 Dave Sayers. Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads: The past, present and future of impact. Routledge. Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact. Forthcoming.Dave Sayers. 

2016 Sociolinguistics in the public eye. Routledge. Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact. Forthcoming.

2016 Review of Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers’ Choices. Taylor and Francis. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 37 (2): 226-228. 

2016 Conversational dominance and interruption in contemporary British comedy programmes. Elsevier. Discourse, Context and Media. Submitted.

2015 Fight narratives, covert prestige and performances of ‘tough’ masculinity: Some insights from an urban centre. Routledge.Language and Masculinities: Performances, Intersections, Dislocations. 53-76. Published. 

2015 Sexuality and sociophonetics. Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Wiley-Blackwell.1-4. Published.

2014 ‘Don’t even [θ/f/h]ink aboot it’: An ethnographic investigation of social meaning, social identity and (θ) variation in Glasgow. John Benjamins. English World Wide, 35 (1): 68-93. Published. 

2014 Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Palgrave Macmillan.Published. 

2014 Introduction: An overview of language in Scotland. Palgrave Macmillan. Sociolinguistics in Scotland. 1-14. Published.

2014 What can ethnography tell us about sociolinguistic variation over time?: Some insights from Glasgow. Palgrave Macmillan. Sociolinguistics in Scotland. 197-219. Published. 

2014. 'Don'tt even [θ/f/h]ink aboot it': An ethnographic investigation of social meaning, social identity and (θ) variation in Glasgow. To appear in English World Wide, 35 (1).

2013. The construction of 'tough' masculinity: Negotiation, resistance and acceptance. Gender and Language, 7 (3): 369-395.

2011. Patterns of Linguistic Variation among Glaswegian Adolescent Males. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 15 (2): 226 - 255.

Edited Books

Under contract. Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact (with Dr Dave Sayers, Swansea University). Oxon: Routledge.

2013. Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters and Encyclopaedia Entries

Under contract. Sociolinguistics in the public eye: The use of traditional and new media in the reporting of sociolinguistic research. In Robert Lawson and Dave Sayers (eds.), Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact. Oxon: Routledge.

Under contract. (with Dave Sayers) The application and impact of sociolinguistic research. In Robert Lawson and Dave Sayers (eds.), Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact. Oxon: Routledge.

2014. Urban masculinities, language and violence. In Tommaso M. Milani (ed.) Language and Masculinities: Performances, Intersections, Dislocations. Oxon: Routledge.

2014. Sexuality and sociophonetics. In Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin (eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

2013. Introduction: An overview of language in Scotland. In Robert Lawson (ed.), Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013. What can ethnography tell us about sociolinguistic variation over time?: Some insights from Glasgow. In Robert Lawson (ed.), Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Media Work
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC West Midlands, Radio Times, BBC Radio Scotland,The Guardian,The Herald,The Scotsman
Links and Social Media