I am a lecturer in English Linguistics at the Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (ISLI), and a member of KuFo (the Culture Studies Research Group), one of Karlstad University's prioritized research groups.
My primary research interest is computer-mediated communication (CMC), or computer-mediated discourse analysis. My primary empirical interest is in everyday communication in social media. Theoretically, my interests span general, socio- and interactional linguistics, critical theory, and media theory and mediated interaction. Methodologically, I prefer qualitative discourse analytic and microanalytic approaches, but have been known to dabble in inferential statistics.
I recently finished and successfully defended my doctoral dissertation i tweet like i talk: Aspects of speech and writing on Twitter. The project considers various aspects of 'spokenness' in the use of written English on Twitter, centered on the question of what spokenness may actually come to mean, how orality can be remediated, in a digital writing space. The dissertation comprises case studies investigating the communicative functions of hashtags, various functional and formal aspects of the use of conversational reported speech, and normative aspects of how Twitter users themselves construe 'talk-likeness' on Twitter.
I am also a research assistant in the Lund University-based project MultiLingual Spaces (Vetenskapsrådet Dnr. 2016-03469; project leader Marie Källkvist, Lund University). More information here.
Other research projects I have been involved in have centered in studying the relationship between SLA and extramural activities involving English, such as playing video games (with Pia Sundqvist), high stakes oral examinations in L2 English learning in Sweden (Testing Talk; VT Dnr 2012-4129; project leader Erica Sandlund), popular music discourses (a KuFo project), and the discursive construction of political correctness (with several KuFo scholars).
Articles / chapters
- Wikström, P. (2016). when I need/want to: Normativity, identity, and form in user construals of “talk-like” tweeting. Discourse, Context & Media, 14, 54–62. http://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2016.09.003
- Wikström, P. (2016). No one is “pro-politically correct”: Positive construals of political correctness in Twitter conversations. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 15(2), 159–170.
- Sundqvist, P., & Wikström, P. (2015). Out-of-school digital gameplay and in-school L2 English vocabulary outcomes. System, 51, 65–76. http://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2015.04.001
- Wikström, P. (2014). & she was like “O_O”: Animation of reported speech on Twitter. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 13(3), 83–111.
- Wikström, P. (2014). #srynotfunny. Communicative functions of hashtags on Twitter. SKY Journal of Linguistics, 27, 127–152.
- Sundqvist, P., Sandlund, E., Nyroos, L., & Wikström, P. (2013). Genomförande och bedömning av nationella muntliga prov i engelska: en pilotstudie. KAPET, 9(1), 24–45.
- Wennö, E., Tåqvist, M., Wikström P., & Wijkmark, J. (eds.). (2016). Fact or fiction? Studies in honour of Solveig Granath, Karlstad University Press.