Rickey Lu

Bingjun Zhang

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD title: The discourse of advice on online participatory platforms: Influences of rating functionality on linguistic choices

Supervisors: Dr Ruth Page and Dr Matteo Fuoli
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Political Science (State University of New York at Binghamton)
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Columbia University in the City of New York, Teachers College)


My research primarily examines advice within the context of reddit. I adopt a mixed-methods approach to not only analyze how advice giving is realized, but also to better understand the possible relationship between the linguistic features of an advice comment and its upvote score. My hope is that this project will help us better understand what makes “good” advice.