Researcher

Dr Michele Zappavigna

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

As a linguist, my primary focus is on exploring the discourse of social media, in terms of linguistic, paralinguistic, and multimodal patterns. Essentially I am interested in ‘ambient affiliation’: how people bond online. Some of this research has been published in my books Discourse of Twitter and Social Media and Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse. Other recent work includes Discourse and Diversionary...view more
As a linguist, my primary focus is on exploring the discourse of social media, in terms of linguistic, paralinguistic, and multimodal patterns. Essentially I am interested in ‘ambient affiliation’: how people bond online. Some of this research has been published in my books Discourse of Twitter and Social Media and Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse. Other recent work includes Discourse and Diversionary Justice.
 
More here: http://socialmedialinguist.blogspot.com.au/

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I currently teaching Social Media ARTS2091 and Mobile Cultures ARTS2093.

I am interested in supervising projects in the following areas:

  • Discourse of social media
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Social semiotics and multimodality

 

Current PhD students

Lorenzo Logi - Bonding, Affiliation & Culture in stand-up comedy

Nida Tahseen - Harassment of female digital journalists engaged in reporting political issues

Awni Shati Mohammad Etaywe - Language as Evidence: A Pragmatic and Discourse Analysis Approach to Examining Written Terrorist Threatening Communication

Giselle Newton - Seeking information and support; donor conceived people’s experiences, values and practices 

Olivia Inwood - A Discourse Analytic Approach to Deception and Mis-information

 

Past Honours students

Olivia Inwood - Understanding the values enacted in blockchain technologies by applying social semiotics and the walkthrough method 

Giselle Newton - Affiliation in discourse about contraception on Reddit:  How do users bond around health values?

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