Dr Michele Zappavigna

Senior Lecturer
School of the Arts & Media


Room 311R, Level 3, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics), Communication and Media Studies


As a linguist, my primary focus is on exploring the discourse of social media, in terms of linguistic, paralinguistic, and multimodal patterns. Essentially I am interested in ‘ambient affiliation’: how people bond online. Some of this research has been published as Discourse of Twitter and Social Media (Continuum) and Searchable Talk: Hashtags and Social Media Metadiscourse (Bloomsbury, in press).
More here: http://socialmedialinguist.blogspot.com.au/



    Book Chapters

    • Zappavigna M, 2018, 'Evaluation', in Hoffmann C; Bublitz W (ed.), Pragmatics of Social Media., De Gruyter, Berlin, http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/458679
    • Zappavigna M, 2018, 'Twitter', in Hoffmann C; Bublitz W (ed.), Pragmatics of Social Media, De Gruyter, Berlin, http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/458679
    • Zappavigna M, 2017, 'Ambient liveness: Searchable audiences and second screens', in Studying Digital Media Audiences: Perspectives from Australasia, pp. 150 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315402062
    • Zappavigna M, 2017, 'Language and social media: Enacting identity through ambient affiliation', in Thompson G; Bowcher W; Fontaine L; Liang Y (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics., Cambridge University Press, London
    • Zappavigna M;Dwyer P;Martin JR, 2016, 'Enacting consent: Redressive compliance in NSW Youth Justice Conferences', in Ehrlich S; Eades D; Ainsworth J (ed.), Discursive constructions of consent in the legal process, edn. Oxford Studies in Language and the Law, Oxford University Press, London, pp. 186 - 212
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, ''If You Do It too Then RT and Say #idoit2' The Co-patterning of Contingency and Evaluation in Microblogging', in Taboada M; Trnavac R (ed.), NONVERIDICALITY AND EVALUATION: THEORETICAL, COMPUTATIONAL AND CORPUS APPROACHES, edn. Studies in Pragmatics, BRILL, pp. 188 - 213, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004258174_008
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, 'Coffee tweets: Bonding around the bean on twitter', in The Language of Social Media: Identity and Community on the Internet, pp. 139 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137029317
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, 'Coffeetweets: Bonding around the bean on Twitter', in Seargeant P; Tagg C (ed.), The language of social media: Communication and community on the Internet, edn. 1st, Palgrave, London, pp. 139 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137029317.0012
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M, 2013, 'Beyond redemption: Choice and consequence in Youth Justice Conferencing', in Yan F; Webster JJ (ed.), Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics: Theory and Application, edn. Original, Equinox, London, pp. 18 - 47, https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=511
    • Zappavigna M, 2011, 'Visualizing logogenesis: Preserving the dynamics of meaning', in Dreyfus S; Hood S; Stenglin M (ed.), Semiotic margins: Meaning in multimodalities, edn. 1st, Continuum, London, pp. 211 - 228, http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/semiotic-margins-9781441173225/
    • Caldwell D;Zappavigna M, 2011, 'Visualising multimodal patterning', in Dreyfus S; Hood S; Stenglin M (ed.), Semiotic Margins: Meaning in Multimodalities, edn. 1st, Continuum, London, pp. 229 - 243, http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/semiotic-margins-9781441173225/
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M;Dwyer P, 2010, 'Negotiating evaluation: story structure and appraisal in Youth Justice Conferencing', in Appliable Linguistics, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 44 - 75

    Journal articles

    • Zappavigna M;Martin JR, 2017, '#Communing affiliation: Social tagging as a resource for aligning around values in social media', Discourse, Context and Media, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.08.001
    • Zappavigna M;Zhao S, 2017, 'Selfies in 'mommyblogging': An emerging visual genre', Discourse, Context and Media, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.05.005
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M, 2016, 'Exploring restorative justice: Dialectics of theory and practice', International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, vol. 23, pp. 215 - 242, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.v23i2.28840
    • Zappavigna M, 2016, 'Social media photography: construing subjectivity in Instagram images', Visual Communication, vol. 15, pp. 271 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357216643220
    • Zappavigna M, 2015, 'Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age', DISCOURSE & COMMUNICATION, vol. 9, pp. 379 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481315578969c
    • Zappavigna M, 2015, 'Searchable talk: the linguistic functions of hashtags', Social Semiotics, vol. 25, pp. 274 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2014.996948
    • Zappavigna M, 2015, 'Searchable talk: The linguistic functions of hashtags in tweets about Schapelle Corby', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol. 9, http://www.hca.westernsydney.edu.au/gmjau/?p=1762
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, 'Ambient affiliation in microblogging: Bonding around the Quotidian', Media International Australia, pp. 97 - 103
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, 'enjoy your snags australia... oh and the voting thing too #ausvotes #auspol: Iconisation and affiliation in microblogging during election campaigns', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 16, http://www.hca.uws.edu.au/gmjau/?p=1139
    • Zappavigna M, 2014, 'Enacting identity in microblogging through ambient affiliation', Discourse and Communication, vol. 8, pp. 209 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481313510816
    • Zappavigna M;Martin JR, 2014, 'Mater Dolorosa: Negotiating Support in NSW Youth Justice Conferencing', International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11196-013-9340-y
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M;Dwyer P;Cléirigh C, 2013, 'Users in uses of language: Embodied identity in Youth Justice Conferencing', Text and Talk, vol. 33, pp. 467 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/text-2013-0022
    • Martin J;Zappavigna M, 2013, 'Youth Justice Conferencing as ceremonial redress', International Journal of Law, Language and Discourse, vol. 3, pp. 103 - 142, http://www.ijlld.com/images/pdf/IJLLD%20Volume%203.2.pdf
    • Zappavigna M, 2011, 'Ambient affiliation: A linguistic perspective on Twitter', New Media and Society, vol. 13, pp. 788 - 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444810385097
    • Zappavigna M;Partick J, 2010, 'Eliciting tacit knowledge about requirement analysis with a Grammar-targeted Interview Method', European Journal of Information Systems, pp. 49 - 59
    • Zappavigna M;Patrick J, 2010, 'Eliciting tacit knowledge about requirement analysis with a Grammar-targeted Interview Method (GIM)', European Journal of Information Systems, vol. 19, pp. 49 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ejis.2010.1
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M;Dwyer P, 2009, 'Negotiating narrative: Story structure and identity in youth justice conferencing', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, vol. 3, pp. 221 - 254
    • Martin JR;Zappavigna M;Dwyer P, 2007, 'Negotiating narrative: Story structure and identity in youth justice conferencing', LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES, vol. 3, pp. 221 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/lhs.v3i2.221
    • Zappavigna MS, 2005, 'Tacit knowledge in communities of practice', Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management, pp. 508 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-59140-556-6.ch085

    Conference Papers