University Place, Syracuse University
Sylvia Sierra

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Assistant Professor

Sylvia Sierra is a discourse analyst interested in language and social interaction. She takes an interactional sociolinguistic approach to exploring knowledge management and identity construction in everyday conversation. Her research interests include identity, epistemics, intertextuality, globalization, popular culture, Mexican Spanish, corpus linguistics, social media, language and power, multimodal methods, and discourse-level variation in language.

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Sylvia Sierra's Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Selected Publications

  • Sierra, S. (under contract). Millennials Talking Media: Constructing Intertextual Identities. Book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press.

  • Sierra, S. (2017). “Buffy sings to Cody”: A multimodal analysis of mother and pre-lingual-infant question–response sequences. Journal of Pragmatics, 110: 50-62.

  • Sierra, S.A. (2016). Playing out loud: Videogame texts as resources in friend interaction for managing frames, epistemics, and group identity. Language in Society 45(2):217-245.

  • Sierra, S.A. and Botti, A. (2014) The epistemics of identity and place. Conference proceedings for the annual Linguistic Society of America meeting, Minneapolis, MN.