Sociolinguistics, language and gender, language and identity, discourse analysis
Current research interests
Tiffany’s research focuses on the inextricable ties between gendered constructs and identity. She is particularly interested in how new forms of femininity are discursively shaped, and how one’s (feminine) identity is constituted by both the self and other in local interactional contexts. In particular, Tiffany wants to find out how individuals produce and re-produce the meaning of “Princess Syndrome”, a gendered construct widely discussed across various Asian regions. Tiffany also aims to uncover how women draw the resources made available by the discourses of Princess Syndrome to purposefully project their feminine identity, and in turn, how the purposefully-projected feminine identity is interpreted by the women’s perceivers. Methodologically, Tiffany is specialized at corpus-assisted discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and membership categorization analysis.