I am a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests include the semiotics of social media and study of Linguistic Landscapes.
I am currently working on two main projects: (1) an investigation of the Linguistic Landscapes of gentrified areas in the Mission District, San Francisco; Pilsen, Chicago and South Delhi, India and (2) research on the semiotics processes of Internet memes and the social organization of social media platforms. I combine qualitative and quantitative methods and engage in cross-disciplinary approaches drawing chiefly from sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and computational linguistics.
My dissertation explores the semiotic landscape of the Mission District in San Francisco. I use interviews, a catalog of the Mission’s Linguistic Landscape and mined geo-tagged social media data to present observations on (1) the social effects of gentrification on linguistic vitality and (2) the meta-semiotic processes by which gentrification as a concept and the Mission as a place are constructed.