Jeanette King

Head of SchoolJeanette King

Postgraduate Co-ordinator / Professor
Te Ao Marama 158
Internal Phone: 94140


Research Interests

I have published widely in areas relating to the Māori language and languages spoken by Māori - from aspects of linguistic change, particularly in the phrasal lexicon, through to language revitalization. I am a member of the MAONZE (Māori and New Zealand English) project examining change over time in the pronunciation of Māori.I lead the bilingualism theme at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) at UC where my current research includes work on non-verbal behaviour of Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand. Another project, entitled Tuhinga Māhorahora, collects and analyses writing by children in Māori immersion schooling in order to provide feedback to teachers about the use of Māori by their students. For more information see: am also collaborating with Una Cunningham of the School of Teacher Education on a project entitled Intergeneration Transmission of Minority Languages which is investigating some of the factors which increase the likelihood of children in New Zealand being raised as speakers of these languages. For more information see: welcome inquiries from potential doctoral students wanting to undertake research in one of the following areas: 1. Māori language revitalisation.2. Māori phrasal lexicon.3. Analysis of spoken and written corpora of Māori.4. Intergenerational transmission of parental or heritage languages

Recent Publications

  • King J. (2017) South Pacific Englishes: A Sociolinguistic and Morphosyntactic Profile of Fiji English, Samoan English and Cook Islands English.. Journal of English Linguistics 45(2): 186-190.
  • King J., Boyce M. and Brown C. (2017) Tuhinga Māhorahora: Tracking vocabulary use in children's writing in Māori. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics 23(1): 5-16.
  • Maclagan M., Watson CI., Harlow R., King J. and Keegan P. (2017) Investigating the Sound Change in the New Zealand English Nurse Vowel /ᴈ:/. Australian Journal of Linguistics 37(4): 465-485.
  • Racz P., Hay J., Needle J., King J. and Pierrehumbert J. (2017) Gradient Māori phonotactics. Te Reo (in press)
  • Watson CI., Keegan PJ., MacLagan MA., Harlow R. and King J. (2017) The motivation and development of MPAi, a Māori Pronunciation Aid. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2017-August: 2063-2067.