BiographyI am a linguistic/semiotician trained in the tradition of Social Semiotics and Systematic Functional Linguistics, with a specialisation in critical and multimodal discourse analysis. My main research areas include digital textual artefacts, literacy practices of young multilingual children and visual social media.
My research applies fine-grained semiotic analysis to investigate multiple dimensions of a social-techno phenomenon. I have worked with a range of digital textual and technological artefacts, including hypermedia, PowerPoint, book apps, selfies and WeChat, in different contexts, such as online learning, university lectures, home-based (bilingual) literacy practices, life style magazines and mommy blogging. I am skilled at a variety of analytical methods, including grammatical, semantic, discursive, visual, gesture and inter-semiotic.
My research is interdisciplinary in its nature, crossing the boundaries between discourse studies and (social) media studies, HCI, literacy studies, early childhood studies, multilingualism and visual studies. I experiment with different methodological approaches and am interested in social cultural theories of learning (e.g. Vygotsky and Bernstein) and critical social cultural theories (e.g. Barthes, Bourdieu, and Foucault).
I am currently a Carlsberg Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Multimodal Communication, University of Southern Denmark and the Book Reviewer Editor for Discourse and Communication. I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 2012 and held a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Technology Sydney between 2013 and 2016. In 2015 and 2016, I was a Visiting Research Associate at UCL Insitute of Education.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Multiliteracies; Digital literacy and multilingualism in the early years; Social media and visual literacies; Design and use of digital texts; Picture Books; Critical & multimodal discourse analysis; Social semiotics; Functional grammar