Jen Hay elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

16 January 2017

University of Canterbury Professor in Linguistics Dr Jennifer Hay has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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University of Canterbury Professor in Linguistics Jennifer Hay has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Prof Hay, who specialises in the analysis of words and sounds and is the Director of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, was awarded the University of Canterbury’s 2015 Research Medal, which she will receive in November. Hay was also recently awarded a prestigious James Cook Fellowship for her research.

UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says he is proud of Professor Hay’s achievements. 'It has been a fabulous year for Prof Hay and the recognition of her work is richly deserved.'

'In the past year, the last of her five years as a Rutherford Discovery Fellow, she has also won the prestigious UC Research Medal, she has been awarded a James Cook Fellowship for the next two years and is also a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence awards in the Innovation category.

Dr Carr says, 'She’s a superb example of the high calibre of academic research and teaching we have at the University of Canterbury.'

UC’s Head of School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, Professor Beth Hume says she is delighted that Prof Hay had been recognised for her scholarly achievements. 'Dr Hay has contributed in many ways to advancing our understanding of how linguistic systems are represented in the mind and the factors that contribute to them changing over time.'

Prof Hay has research interests in New Zealand English, sociophonetics, laboratory phonology and morphology. She has published articles on morphology, language and gender, humour, phonotactics, and lexical semantics. She is also the principal investigator of the Origins of New Zealand English project (ONZE) and is the Director of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language.

For a full list of Prof Hay's publications please see her UC Research Profile.

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