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AAAL Conference 2014 – March 23, 2014

“You haven’t been to Queens”: the epistemics of identity and place

This research explores the discursive construction of place-based identity, focusing on how one New York City transplant constructs his identity as a knowledgeable local resident. We contend that epistemics and the processes of authentication and denaturalization (Bucholtz & Hall 2005) may be central to the construction of place identity.

15th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations – March 13, 2014

The Function of Storytelling on Facebook and Twitter

Since their inception, social media platforms Facebook and Twitter have come to play distinct social roles in online communications. And yet these channels are so often lumped together under the general umbrella of “social media” for the purposes of business and building online presence. Through narrative analysis, we will look in particular at the use of stories on Facebook and Twitter, and will demonstrate that whereas Twitter is primarily content based, Facebook data shows that affective text is predominant. Further observations support alternate functions of Facebook in maintaining social connections and Twitter in making social connections. By looking at storytelling through each of these online genres, this pattern of communications becomes clear: spontaneous storytelling on Twitter serves to provide content, and spontaneous storytelling on Facebook serves to show affect. This data has implications for individuals and businesses alike, as we think about how we wish to represent ourselves online.


Linguistic Society of American 2014 Annual Meeting – January 4, 2014

“You haven’t been to Queens”: The epistemics of identity and placelsa

This research examines discursive processes through which a New York City transplant constructs his identity as a knowledgeable NYC resident. We focus on the relevance of epistemics in the relational identity processes of authentication and denaturalization (Bucholtz & Hall 2005), arguing that these may be central to the construction of an identity based around place. In our analysis, we show how the speaker uses authentication to legitimize his claims to specific place knowledge and thus his place identity, while also engaging in a process of denaturalization that downplays others’ rights to knowledge, constructing their place identities as false or inauthentic.

Intercultural Management Institute’s 14th Annual Conference on Intercultural Relations March 15, 2013

How (and why) do we link on LinkedIn? Interactional Sociolinguistics and Social Networking

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and is fast becoming one of the most important ways to connect with employers, partners, mentors, former colleagues, employees, subject matter experts and clients. Thus, the communication which takes place here (or which could, but doesn’t) is tremendously valuable and important to understand. This workshop is designed to share some insights from sociolinguistics in an accessible and applied way that will help participants better understand the complexity and nuance of social interaction in this mediated context.

Specifically, drawing from an ongoing ethnography, we will present analyses of data taken from the site, using interactional sociolinguistic research to explore how the site mitigates the potential face-threats in speech acts like introductions, requests for assistance, and professional self-presentation. Participants in the workshop will gain greater insight and awareness of communication online, which they can bring to their own use of this and other social media platforms.