Hannah is a PhD student in Japanese linguistics specializing in sociolinguistics. Her research is concerned with the perception and production of fictionalized speech styles, and the relationship that these styles have with different personae in popular media. She has done work on language in popular music, shonen anime, and is currently engrossed in a corpus-assisted project on the linguistic construction of same-sex romantic relationships in yuri manga.
Dissertation Title: "Social Meaning in Virtual Space: The sociophonetics of Japanese sentence-final particles and their semiotic roles in the contemporary popular mediascape"
In addition to her research, Hannah is also a language instructor for first- and second-year Japanese.