Category: News & Views

Recent news and commentaries from the School of Linguistics & Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

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The NZ Dictionary Centre

In July 1997 Dr Harry Orsman’s award-winning Dictionary of New Zealand English was published by Oxford University Press. This publication was the culmination of some 45 years’ work and was widely recognised not only...

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Strengthening ties

Back in 2012, we signed an agreement with the Regional Language Centre, Singapore, to offer jointly our MA TESOL. Five years on we can reflect on a successful partnership, and a strong relationship, and...

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In memory of Graeme Kennedy

Colleagues, family members, friends and former students gathered on Sunday, 21 August at Greendale Reserve, Otaihanga, to plant 60 native trees in honour of Graeme Kennedy, who passed away in May this year. Kua hinga...

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“it’s just kinda language”

That was Cabinet minister Paula Bennett about half-way through an interview with RadioNZ journalist John Campbell last night. She was being pressed about a dividend to be paid – or not – to the...

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A Career in English Language Teaching

Read below about two recent graduates who share their experience of making a career in TESOL. If you are interested in a TESOL career opportunity, check the LALS departmental website for more information about our undergraduate and graduate TESOL programmes.  ...

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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Janet Holmes honoured

We were delighted to discover in the New Year’s Honours list that Professor Emerita Janet Holmes had been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to linguistics. Anyone familiar...

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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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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.

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Intercultural communication (or Another reason to learn Italian)

Travel certainly increases one’s language awareness. In beautiful Aosta, an Italian town just over the border from France and Switzerland through the Mont Blanc tunnel, the locals are generally bilingual in French and Italian....

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.

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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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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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Turn-taking

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...