School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Christian Ilbury, BA (Sussex); MA (QMUL)


Research - PhD



I am a fourth year PhD student who is currently writing up a thesis entitled 'Beyond the Offline: Social Media and the Social Meaning of Variation in East London'.

My doctoral research, funded by the ESRC, explores patterns of offline (spoken) variation and uses social media data to explore the social meaning of that variation. Between October 2016 and October 2017, I conducted a blended ethnography at a youth-group in Hackney, East London.

My research takes a 'third-wave' variationist approach to examine the social meaning of linguistic variation, drawing social media data to extrapolate the situated meaning of a feature in the community. In doing so, I seek to understand more about how the 'offline' and 'online' individual connects and how we can make sense this relationship in sociolinguistic variationist studies of digital communication.

Research Interests: Sociolinguistics, language variation and change, digital communication, computational sociolinguistics, youth styles, stylistic variation

For more information, please visit my website at:


Research Interests:

Sociolinguistics: language variation and change, digital language, the phonology/orthography interface, style, sociophonetics


For up to date publications, please refer to my website: