Category: Hot Type

Hot topics in linguistics and applied language studies addressed by staff and students from the School of Linguistics & Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

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Just horsing around?

There was a time when people used to disparage those who tried to use language to change things. Feminists who promoted the use of less sexist language, for example, were often criticised though few...

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Multilingual Education in Today’s World

I recently had the opportunity to engage in a discussion about multilingual education with a diverse group of educators. Two questions seemed to continually bubble to the surface, and I realised that these are...

about Corinne Seals

Corinne Seals is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on Ukrainian as a heritage language, and with integrated learning programs in Washington state. Her research interests share the common theme of language and identity. Presently, Corinne’s research focuses primarily on heritage language acquisition, maintenance, and education. She has investigated this amongst Ukrainian and Russian communities in the United States and within the Ukrainian community of New Zealand. Corinne also researches in the areas of linguistic landscapes, forensic linguistics, and gender, sexuality, and language.

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The English they value

Rachel’s recent post about the treatment of NZSL on a sign reminded me of a photo I took a couple of months ago. It’s a bit of a cliché to talk of English being...

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Letters

By Rachel McKee, Victoria University of Wellington   Last year, I spotted this new sign by the entrance level lifts at the Ministry of Education head office. NZSL has been sanctioned in education since...

about Rachel McKee

Rachel McKee is Programme Director of Deaf Studies. Teaching New Zealand Sign Language), and introductory and intermediate NZSL courses, Rachel also supervises post-graduate research topics in Deaf Studies and Interpreting within the MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Applied Linguistics. Rachel has published research across a wide range of areas in Deaf Studies including sign language interpreting, linguistic analysis of NZSL, sociolinguistic issues in NZSL, and deaf children in schools. Rachel is a member of the Deaf Studies Research Unit, which recently developed an Online Dictionary of NZ Sign Language and conducted a three-year project investigating sociolinguistic variation in NZSL.

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Language, identity & a thwarted leader

A story caught my eye in The Dominion Post yesterday: Budding leader can’t speak Navajo. Not the most inspiring of headlines, and as a general statement probably true of most budding leaders around the...

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Halcyon Days

By Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington According to Greek myth, Halcyon, or Alcyone, the daughter of Aeolus, the god of the winds, was so overcome by the death of her husband in a...

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By Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington A recent visitor from New York was aggrieved because his attempts to contribute to an animated discussion constantly brought the conversation to a halt. He was perceived...

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By Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington Most adjectives in ‑able are based on transitive verbs: if something is bearable, you can bear it, if something is not creditable, you cannot credit it, if...

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Shouting at the Telly

Let’s start with a confession. Sometimes I talk back to the television. Sometimes I talk back really loudly. I think what sets me off is when something is really wrong. Maybe factually wrong, but...