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Professional Preparation

    • 2006 BA in EnglishNicholls State University
    • 2010 MA in LinguisticsLouisiana State University
    • 2017 Ph.D. in LinguisticsUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • Jan 2018 to Present Lecturer
      UT Arlington
    • Jan 2018 to Present Adjunct Faculty Member
      Mountain View College
    • Aug 2012 to May 2017 Graduate Assistant
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2010 to May 2012 Adjunct Instructor
      Nicholls State University
    • Aug 2010 to Dec 2010 Adjunct Instructor
      Fletcher Technical Community College
    • Jan 2009 to May 2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant
      Louisiana State University
    • Aug 2007 to May 2009 Instructor
      Louisiana State University
    • Jan 2007 to May 2007 Graduate Teaching Assistant
      Louisiana State University

Research and Expertise

  • discourse markers in computer mediated language

    I study how hashtags act as discourse markers online. I compile and use corpora to study the pragmatics of hashtags.

Presentations

    • February  2016
      Hesitation via hashtag placement: Patterns of delay discourse markers in tweets and interviews by survivors of violence

      Hesitation via hashtag placement: Patterns of delay discourse markers in tweets and interviews by survivors of violence

    • March  2015
      Hashtags as a sign of hesitation: Patterns of pronouns with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft

         This study looks pronoun use by survivors participating in the 2014 Domestic Abuse awareness campaign on Twitter, particularly in conjunction with hashtags placement. I show that the hashtags were more often used at the beginning of tweets to signal hesitation, prefacing with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft when victims reported abuse using the pronoun “he” as the subject of verbs of agency.  While not all beginning hashtags function alike, some early hashtag position offers a delay device akin to vowel lengthening of discourse marker so, to mark “hesitation or reflection” before self-disclosure (Buysse 2012). Using hashtag data from the domestic abuse awareness campaign, I was able to look specifically at how people discuss a topic while distancing themselves from it using discourse markers.

    • March  2015
      Hashtags as a sign of hesitation: Patterns of pronouns with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft

         This study looks pronoun use by survivors participating in the 2014 Domestic Abuse awareness campaign on Twitter, particularly in conjunction with hashtags placement. I postulate that the hashtags were more often used at the beginning of tweets to signal hesitation, prefacing with #whyIstayed and #whyIleft when victims reported abuse using the pronoun “he” as the subject of verbs of agency.

    • February  2015
      Hashtags on Twitter: a means of repair

      A continuation on a previous project. Hashtags may have been originally created as a search tool, but this combination of symbol and text is now a pragmatic device conveying information that is not explicitly given in the text. In particular, one of the pragmatic functions of hashtags is that they serve as a tool for repair, and these hashtags also fit nicely into the four repair categories discussed in Clark and Marshall (1981): cultural, linguistic, indirect, and physical co-presence.

    • April  2014
      Information Packaging with Hashtags: Repair on Twitter

      Hashtags may have been originally created as a search tool, but this combination of symbol and text is now a pragmatic device conveying information that is not explicitly given in the text. In particular, one of the pragmatic functions of hashtags is that they serve as a tool for repair, and these hashtags also fit nicely into the four repair categories discussed in Clark and Marshall (1981): cultural, linguistic, indirect, and physical co-presence.

    • March  2014
      Information Packaging with Hashtags: Repair on Twitter

      Hashtags may have been originally created as a search tool, but this combination of symbol and text is now a pragmatic device conveying information that is not explicitly given in the text. In particular, one of the pragmatic functions of hashtags is that they serve as a tool for repair, and these hashtags also fit nicely into the four repair categories discussed in Clark and Marshall (1981): cultural, linguistic, indirect, and physical co-presence.

Courses

Service to the University

  • Elected
    • June 2013 to  May 2014 Lingua Vice President

      We organized the 21st Annual University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and Tesol

    • May 2014 to  May 2015 Lingua Vice President

      We organized the 22nd Annual University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and Tesol