Monthly Archive: October 2015

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English for sophistication

Native speakers of English don’t automatically associate their language with connotations of style. In New Zealand, for example, linguistic landscape research has found French & Italian associated with cafés and restaurants, American English with...

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Tourism and sociolinguistics

Guidebooks and tourist information have recently become the focus of attention by researchers in areas such as media studies, communication and linguistics. I was reminded of this when I picked up a pamphlet on...

about Janet Holmes

Janet Holmes is Emeritus Professor in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace project, an ongoing study of communication in the workplace which has described small talk, humour, management strategies, directives, and leadership in a wide range of New Zealand workplaces.