Heidi Quinn

SupervisorHeidi Quinn

Elsie Locke Building (English) 206
Internal Phone: 94370

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Grammatical variation and change is a central focus of my research, with projects on variation in English pronoun case, variation and change in the syntactic and semantic properties of have(got) constructions in NZ English, and changes in the distribution of modals and marginal modals. I am particularly interested in the language-internal conditioning of (morpho)syntactic variation and change, and in the implications of empirical findings for formal syntactic theory. I am also working on the creation of a searchable corpus of spoken German that incorporates recordings from different varieties spoken in Austria and Germany. Data from this corpus will provide valuable insights into the nature of morphological and syntactic differences between closely related varieties of a single language.
An area of increasing importance for me is the study of languages indigenous to the Pacific Islands. I am particularly keen to encourage and support research by speakers of these languages. I am doing joint research on the Niuean perfect with a Niuean speaker, and I have supervised MA research on pronouns and agreement markers in two Vanuatu languages carried out by a student from Vanuatu, and two of my MA students have carried out fieldwork on languages spoken in the Solomon Islands and on Borneo. We also work with Pacific language consultants in the field methods honours course I coordinate, which has so far focused on Samoan, Kiribati, Fijian, Niuean, Tongan, and Solomon Islands Pijin.

Recent Publications

  • Wong SG-J., Davis I., Sutrave N., Kila R., Peach E., Logan Z. and Quinn H. (2016) Let's 'kakokako' about Motu. Massey University, Wellington: Conference of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand, 21-22 Nov 2016
  • Matthewson L., Quinn H. and Talagi L. (2015) Inchoativity meets the Perfect Time Span: The Niuean perfect. Lingua 168: 1-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2015.09.006.
  • Brown J., Barbour J., Meyerhoff M. and Quinn H. (2013) Towards a set of New Zealand Linguistic Society Research Ethics Guidelines. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Linguistics Society Conference, 20-22 Nov 2013
  • Matthewson L., Quinn H. and Talagi L. (2012) Notes on the Niuean perfect. In Graf T; Paperno D; Szabolcsi A; Tellings J (Ed.), Theories of everything: In honor of Ed Keenan. UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics 17: 222-233. Los Angeles: UCLA Linguistics Department. http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/faciliti/wpl/issues/wpl17/wpl17.html.
  • Connell T., Rennell E., Shirakawa M. and Quinn H. (2011) A case for Voice. Wellington, New Zealand: Linguistics Society of New Zealand 19th Biennial Conference, 17-18 Nov 2011