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Robert James Hellyer

Robert James

Research - PhD



Thesis title: 'Coming out with it: the relationship between language and emerging identity in young LGBT+ people'

Supervisors: Colleen Cotter and Sophie Holmes-Elliott

I'm a PhD researcher, funded by the ESRC LISS DTP
My research centres around sociolinguistic variation, queer linguistics, education and linguistic anthropology. My thesis investigates the emerging frontiers of queer visibility, particularly in adolescence, their intersection with linguistic performativity and their discursive navigation of queer identities.
I'm currently engaged as a consultant for education and outreach on the Core Management Team for the SAVANT project and as a Research Assistant in Social Science at UCL.


Research Interests:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Ethnography
  • Digital communities
  • Gender/queer linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Computer mediated health communication
  • Education
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