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Louis Cotgrove

Postgraduate Researcher in Online Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I studied German and History at the University of Nottingham, specialising in German linguistics and Central European history from 1848-1945. My undergraduate dissertation examined the use of anglicisms by German teens on the online forums of BRAVO magazine.

After a 3-year professional break working in sports nutrition, I returned to Nottingham for Masters by Research in German Studies, investigating the performance of gender and ethnicity in YouTube comments, as well as examining how online language blurs the line between traditional concepts of spoken and written language.

I am an editor for the Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, a post-graduate-run journal based in the Midlands and am also part of the Digital Cultures Research Network at the University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Online language
  • German language
  • Multilingualism
  • Youth culture

Research Summary

My current research is a corpus linguistic approach to analyse the language of young German speakers online. I am using a corpus of over 33m tokens that I have built from YouTube comments taken from… read more

Recent Publications

  • COTGROVE, LOUIS ALEXANDER, 2018. The Importance of Linguistic Markers of Identity and Authenticity in German Gangsta Rap Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society. 2, 67-98

Current Research

My current research is a corpus linguistic approach to analyse the language of young German speakers online. I am using a corpus of over 33m tokens that I have built from YouTube comments taken from videos aligned with German-language youth culture. I am looking to see how young people express their identities and create communities in these online spaces.

Supervisors

  • Prof. Nicola McLelland, Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies
  • Dr. Olivia Walsh, Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies
  • COTGROVE, LOUIS ALEXANDER, 2018. The Importance of Linguistic Markers of Identity and Authenticity in German Gangsta Rap Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society. 2, 67-98

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