How do people use language and linguistic variation to do things?  I’m interested in social meaning and persona (a social-interactional presentation of self) — how people construct personae using linguistic and extra-linguistic properties, what these personae mean in interaction, and how they build into the larger sociopolitical landscape.

I got my M.A. in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London in 2016.  My M.A. dissertation looked at creaky voice (or vocal fry) use amongst a small cohort of middle and upper-middle class London millennials.  You can read about that here.

Before that, I received by B.A. in Linguistics from SOAS, University of London in 2014.  My B.A. dissertation looked at possible social motivations for ideophone loss (highly expressive, sensory, “iconic” words) in two very different linguistic and social situations: Zulu and Quechua.  You can read about ideophones here and my B.A. dissertation here