Department of Linguistics

Graduated with MA 2013

My area of interest is sociocultural linguistics and specifically language and identity. I am especially interested in the influence that institutions such as the school system and the media have on individual perceptions and stereotypes regarding standard and non-standard language, and in what manners these institutions contribute to the creation of identity through language. I plan to focus my research on standard and non-standard variants of Brazilian Portuguese, how identity is constructed through language use, and what role institutional powers play in prestige.