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Uptalk

Uptalk – the use of rising intonation that appears to make statements sound like questions – has been referred to in media reports as an ‘irritating verbal tic’ or a ‘real credibility killer’. It...

about Paul Warren

Teaches courses in psycholinguistics (see his 2013 textbook Introducing Psycholinguistics, published by Cambridge University Press) as well as in language acquisition, and in phonetics and phonology. Paul Warren's main research interests are in psycholinguistics and experimental phonetics, including intonation (see his 2016 book Uptalk: The phonemenon of rising intonation, Cambridge University Press [www.cambridge.org/9781107560840]).

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New website for Community Languages Association of NZ

The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) has a new website, featuring upcoming events, information about community and heritage language programmes, and information about CLANZ itself. Check it out: http://communitylanguagesnz.weebly.com about Corinne SealsCorinne Seals...

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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Māori and Sāmoan language teaching resources aired

Image: Balint Koller and Edith Paillat from Victoria’s Language Learning Centre.   MEDIA RELEASE November 2015   Māori and Sāmoan language teaching resources aired Kohanga reo, Sāmoan kindergartens and schools around the country have access...

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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Rhetoric Lives in Government Policy Writing! (Metaphor)

Metaphor is another kind of linguistic innovation to add to the neology discussed in an earlier post. One reason for looking at metaphor in government discourse is that it can provide a window on...

about Derek Wallace

Derek Wallace is director of the writing programme (academic and professional writing) in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Derek's research interests, most of which are interrelated, include: Rhetoric of public policy development; discourses of temporality; techniques for managing the future; discourses of historical interpretation; theory and practice of technology; changes in stylistic and editing conventions; and legal discourse.

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Rhetoric Lives in Government Policy Writing! (Neology)

Neology is not strictly speaking a term from Greek rhetoric, even though it is derived from Greek language elements. It refers to the inventing of new words or expressions, and it can also refer...

about Derek Wallace

Derek Wallace is director of the writing programme (academic and professional writing) in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Derek's research interests, most of which are interrelated, include: Rhetoric of public policy development; discourses of temporality; techniques for managing the future; discourses of historical interpretation; theory and practice of technology; changes in stylistic and editing conventions; and legal discourse.

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Rhetoric Lives in Government Policy Writing! (Tautology)

We are taught that tautology (repetitive, superfluous expression) is something we should avoid in writing. An exception, in practice, is legal writing, where the holy grail of precision (as distinct from concision) is sometimes...

about Derek Wallace

Derek Wallace is director of the writing programme (academic and professional writing) in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Derek's research interests, most of which are interrelated, include: Rhetoric of public policy development; discourses of temporality; techniques for managing the future; discourses of historical interpretation; theory and practice of technology; changes in stylistic and editing conventions; and legal discourse.

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Rhetoric Lives in Government Policy Writing! (Enthymeme)

The ancient Greeks have been credited with inventing rhetoric. In those days, rhetoric meant the use of verbal strategies in the service of effective persuasion, not the use of fine-sounding but empty talk by...

about Derek Wallace

Derek Wallace is director of the writing programme (academic and professional writing) in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Derek's research interests, most of which are interrelated, include: Rhetoric of public policy development; discourses of temporality; techniques for managing the future; discourses of historical interpretation; theory and practice of technology; changes in stylistic and editing conventions; and legal discourse.

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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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Happy Holidays from LALS at Victoria University of Wellington!

Photo credit: Kamran.Aslam / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND about Corinne SealsCorinne Seals is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Washington,...

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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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...