Christian Ilbury

Visiting Lecturer in Digital Culture and Social Media

Professional Biography

Christian is a Visiting Lecturer in Social & Digital Media at Regents University London, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. He also holds a BA from the University of Sussex, and an MA from Queen Mary University of London, both in Linguistics.

Christian's research explores the relationship between digital culture and language variation and change. His doctoral research was a blended ethnography of a youth group in East London that combined social media and spoken language data to explore the social meaning of variation.

Qualifications

  • PhD Linguistics (2019), Queen Mary University of London
  • MA Linguistics (2015), Queen Mary University of London
  • BA English Language & Linguistics (2013), the University of Sussex

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2014-2019: Teaching Associate, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2015-2018: Research Assistant, Newcastle University

Research Interests

Christian's research interests focus on the following areas:

  • Digital culture and social media
  • Language variation/change and media
  • Language and technology
  • Sociolinguistics

Research Supervision

  • MA Supervision – Dissertation

Conferences given

  • Ilbury, Christian. 2019. Using Social Media to Uncover the Social Meaning of Variation. ICLaVE 10. Fryske Akademy, the Netherlands. June 2019.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2019. “Man said ‘one two five’”: Stance, Style & Pronominal Variation in London Adolescent Speech. ICLaVE 10. Fryske Akademy, the Netherlands. June 2019. [Poster].
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2019. The Interactional and Stylistic Affordances of man in the Speech of London Adolescents. 9th International Conference on Youth Languages. Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. May 2019.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2018. Self-Presentation and the Sociolinguistics of Snapchat. BAAL LNM SIG 2018. The Open University, England. July 2018.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2018. Gentrification or Segregation? Linguistic Variation and the Conceptualisation of ‘place’ in the Gentrifying East-End of London. Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Auckland, New Zealand. June 2018.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2018. Beyond the offline: Exploring social media identities in relation to Multicultural London English. Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Auckland, New Zealand. June 2018.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2018. Digital Transience: Sociolinguistic identities and the Affordances of Snapchat. Digital Cultures 2018. University of Nottingham, England. April 2018.
  • Gates, Shivonne & Christian Ilbury. Standard Language Ideology and the Non-Standard Adolescent Speaker. Language Variation in the Classroom. Queen Mary University of London, England. October 2017.
  • Gates, Shivonne & Christian Ilbury. 2017. Standard Language Ideology and the Non-Standard Adolescent Speaker. The Annual Meeting of The British Association for Applied Linguistics. 2 September 2017. University of Leeds, England.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2017. Between the Micro and the Macro: Integrating Interactional and Computational Approaches in CMC. The Annual Meeting of The British Association for Applied Linguistics. 1 September 2017. University of Leeds, England.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2017. HRT in CMC? The orthographic representation of High Rising Terminals. UKLVC-11. 31 August 2017. University of Cardiff, Wales. Ilbury, Christian. 2017. Stylistic Orthographic Variation and the Representation of AAVE in Twitter. ICLaVE 9. 09 June 2017. Malaga, Spain.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2016. Between Theory & Practice: An Ethnographic Approach to Exploring Orthographic Variation in Social Media. Linguistics Research Seminars. 30 November 2016. Queen Mary University of London, England. Ilbury, Christian. 2016. “Sassy Queens”: Orthographic Variation and Stance in Twitter. Using Twitter for Linguistic Research. 31 May 2016. University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2016. “I’m So Fancy”: Stylistic Variation, Internal Constraints & the Appropriation of AAVE. Goldsmiths University Festival. 12 May 2016. Goldsmiths, University of London, England.
  • Ilbury, Christian. 2016. Dialect Influence and Orthographic Variation in Social Media. Linguistics Research Seminars. 23 March 2016. Queen Mary University of London, England.
  • Levon, Erez; Christian Ilbury & John Weston. 2015. Gender and Interactional Meaning: High Rising Terminals in London. ICLaVE 8. 28 May 2015. Leipzig, Germany.

Teaching & Course Development

  • MDC703 – Digital Culture and Social Media (MA)
  • MDC705 – Dissertation (MA)