About me

Michele Zappavigna

My research focuses on the language and paralanguage of social media, from a linguistic and multimodal perspective. 

I am interested in how people use semiotic resources to enact 'ambient affiliation'. Exploring this form of social bonding is fascinating in part because we are currently witnessing a cultural movement toward what I term ‘searchable talk’. This is online discourse where people commune by using resources such as hashtags. My recent book on this topic is Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse (Bloomsbury, 2018).

My work covers areas such as social tagging, selfies, paralanguage etc. Recents books include: Discourse of Twitter and Social MediaResearching Language and Social Media (with Page, Unger & Barton), and Tacit Knowledge and Spoken Discourse. Forthcoming with J.R. Martin is Discourse and Diversionary Justice: An Analysis of Ceremonial Redress in Youth Justice Conferencing.

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Currently I am teaching Social Media and Mobile Cultures. Previously I was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.

m dot zappavigna at UNSW dot edu dot au


School of the Arts and Media  
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
The University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

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