Tagged: New Zealand

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Humour that hurts and harms

The following opinion piece was originally published on stuff.co.nz on 2 June 2017. If you missed the International Day Against Homophobia the other day, I doubt you were alone. On the other hand, it...

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Promoting NZ Sign Language

Some great news! The Deaf Studies Research Unit has been granted funding in the first round of awards from the NZSL Fund to develop a free online suite of interactive exercises for NZSL learners. Read about...

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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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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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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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Lining up Language – a conference

An interesting-sounding conference is being held over two days at Te Papa in Wellington this week. Organised by the Office of Ethnic Communities, Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy promises to cover a wide...