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My primary research interest is linguistic and cultural contact and the implications of this contact for individual speakers in late modernity. I am particularly interested in communities undergoing rapid sociolinguistic change. Following recent trends in sociolinguistics, I approach this topic by viewing language as style and stylistic variation as strategic persona management. My work focuses on how strategic persona management is used as a resource for conversational stancetaking. I am interested in how speakers use stancetaking to construct heterogeneous identities as well as to accomplish moment-to-moment goals. I draw on both conversational and discourse analysis for my work.

My PhD thesis examined the interplay of stance, style and identity among young people and in the mass media in Java, Indonesia. This thesis explored the processes by which supra-local styles become linked to local language varieties and social categories. I examined these processes at both the attitudinal and conversational level.

My secondary research interest is second language acquisition. I am interested in uncovering the most effective means by which humans acquire non-native language features. As a student, I have studied more than 10 languages in a variety of settings. Among other things, I studied French and Vietnamese at the tertiary level and Spanish and Arabic in private schools in Guatemala and Cairo respectively. As a teacher, I have taught EFL, Indonesian and Farsi.

Lastly, I am also interested in dialectology related to English and Austronesian and Iranian languages.

I began my career in linguistics as a specialist in Iranian languages for the U.S. Navy. In this capacity, I served aboard eight warships and logged more than 300 hours as an aircrewman, flying from five U.S. aircraft carriers.

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Research Output

Are you trying to be funny? Communicating humour in deafblind conversations

Willoughby, L., Manns, H., Iwasaki, S. & Bartlett, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Discourse Studies. 21, 5, p. 584-602 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Chronotopic relations: Chronotopes, scale, and scale-making

Goebel, Z. & Manns, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Language and Communication.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

The challenges of multimodality and multi-sensoriality: Methodological issues in analyzing tactile signed interaction

Iwasaki, S., Bartlett, M., Manns, H. & Willoughby, L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 143, p. 215-227 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Chronotopic relations and scalar shifters

Manns, H. J. & Goebel, Z., 2018, Tilburg Netherlands: Tilburgh University , p. 1, 31 p. (Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies).

Research output: Working paperWorking PaperOther

Open Access

Style and intersubjectivity in youth interaction

Djenar, D. N., Ewing, M. & Manns, H. J., 2018, Berlin Germany: De Gruyter Mouton. 255 p. (Contributions to the Sociology of Language; vol. 108)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review