Prof Robert Blackwood MA (Hons), PhD

Professor of French Sociolinguistics Modern Languages and Cultures


Personal Statement

Professor Robert Blackwood is a specialist in French sociolinguistics with research and teaching interests within the broad field of linguistics and language studies. Professor Blackwood's primary research interest is the linguistic landscape, and in particular regional languages of France in the linguistic landscape. He is the Editor of the journal 'Linguistic Landscape' alongside Professor Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University), and co-organised the Eighth Linguistic Landscape Workshop which took place in Liverpool in 2016. Professor Blackwood has published widely on Corsican sociolinguistics, which was the subject of his first monograph. His second book, co-authored with Dr Stefania Tufi from the Italian subject area, investigated the linguistic landscapes of French and Italian Mediterranean coastal cities. Professor Blackwood also publishes on language and new media (including social media) from the perspective of the French language, and he also undertakes research into questions of language policy.

Personal Distinctions

  • National Teaching Fellowship (Higher Education Academy 2011)
  • Sir Alastair Pilkington Award (University of Liverpool 2010)
  • Plenary lecture (Invitation to Speak, University of Vienna 2011)
  • Research Seminar for Modern Languages Research Forum (Invitation to Speak, National University of Ireland Maynooth 2010)
  • Research Seminar for the French Linguistics Research Seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Cambridge 2010)
  • Research Seminar for Languages Across Borders Research Cluster (Invitation to Speak, University of Portsmouth 2009)
  • Research Seminar for le Groupe d'Étude sur le Plurilinguisme Européen (Invitation to Speak, University Marc Bloch, Strasbourg 2008)

Administrative Roles

  • Academic Lead for Student Exchanges & Internationalisation, School of Histories, Languages & Cultures

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