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Justyna Robinson
Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics (English)
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Research

My research interests lie within the overlapping areas of sociolinguistics, history of English, and cognitive semantics. I am interested in developing methods for tracing and analysing semantic variation and change, especially those that involve corpus, experimental, and sociolinguistic approaches.  I have recently been looking into longitudinal semantic variation. I also explore the role of perceptions and attitudes in language.

I am currently investigating conceptual changes in Modern English via a collaborative AHRC project "Linguistic DNA: Modelling concepts and semantic change in English, 1500-1800".

With regards to my supervision, I welcome students keen to explore any aspect of language variation and change.

 

 

Publications:

Robinson, Justyna A. (in preparation) Semantic Variation and Change: Patterns of meaning behaviour in English.[Studies in English Language] Cambridge University Press.

Rhys Sandow and Justyna Robinson (forthcoming) ‘Doing Cornishness’ in the English periphery: Embodying ideology through Anglo-Cornish dialect lexis. In Natalie Braber and Sandra Jensen (eds.) Sociolinguistic in the UK. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 

Susan Fitzmaurice, Justyna A. Robinson, Marc Alexander, Iona C. Hine, Seth Mehl, and Fraser Dallachy (2017)

Robinson, Justyna A. and Monika Reif (2016) Understanding bilingualism: trends, challenges and perspectives. In Monika Reif and Justyna A. Robinson(eds.) Cognitive Approaches to Bilingualism Berlin/ Boston: de Gruyter Mouton. ISBN 978-1-61451-585-2

Monika Reif and Justyna A. Robinson(eds.) (2016) Cognitive Approaches to Bilingualism. Topics in Applied Linguistics. Berlin/ Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Pütz, Martin, Robinson, Justyna A., & Reif, Monika (eds.) (2014) Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use. Benjamins Current Topics 59. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Glynn, Dylan & Justyna A. Robinson (eds.) (2014) Corpus Methods for Semantics: Quantitative Studies in Polysemy and Synonymy. Human Cognitive Processes. Amsterdam: Benjamins.DOI: 10.1075/hcp.43

See the review of the book by Hans-Jürgen Diller in International Journal of Corpus Linguistics Vol. 22:1 (2017)

Robinson, Justyna A. (2014) ‘Quantifying polysemy in Cognitive Sociolinguistics.’ In Dylan Glynn & Justyna A. Robinson (eds.) Corpus Methods for Semantics: Quantitative Studies in Polysemy and Synonymy.  Amsterdam: Benjamins. pp 87-115.

Reif, Monika, Justyna A. Robinson & Martin Pütz (eds.) (2013). Variation in Language and Language Use: Linguistic, Socio-Cultural and Cognitive Perspectives. Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft 96/ Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture 96. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang.

Robinson, Justyna A. (2012). A gay paper: Why should sociolinguistics bother with semantics? English Today, 112 (28), 4.

Pütz, Martin, Justyna A. Robinson & Monika Reif (eds.) (2012) Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and Cultural Variation in Cognition and Language Use. Special issue of Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 10(2).

Allan, Kathryn and Justyna A. Robinson (eds.) (2012) Current Methods in Historical Semantics. Topics in English Linguistics 73. Berlin/ Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Robinson, Justyna A. (2012) ‘A sociolinguistic approach to semantic change.’ In Kathryn Allan and Justyna A. Robinson (eds.), Current Methods in Historical Semantics,  Berlin/ Boston: de Gruyter Mouton, pp.199–230.

Pütz, Martin, Justyna A. Robinson & Monika Reif (2012)The emergence of Cognitive Sociolinguistics: An introduction.’ Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 10(2), 241–263.

Reif, M., Pütz, Monika Reif & Justyna A. Robinson (2013) ‘Variation in language and language use: An introduction’.  In Reif, Monika, Justyna A. Robinson & Martin Pütz (eds.) Variation in Language and Language Use: Linguistic, Socio-Cultural and Cognitive Perspectives.  Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft/ Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang, pp.2–15.

Robinson, Justyna. A. (2010). ‘Awesome insights into semantic variation’. In Dirk Geeraerts, G. Kristiansen & Yves Piersman (eds.), Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter Mouton, 85–109.

My unpuplished PhD thesis ‘Semantic variation and change in present-day English’ (2010) can be accessed here http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/2232/