Jeanette King

Professor / Leader of the Bilingualism ThemeJeanette King

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:

I 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:

I 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

  • Jones K-L., Fickel L., King J., Torepe T. and Fletcher J. (2021) Teachers and stakeholders’ perceptions about Māori partial immersion environments contribution to Kaupapa Māori (Māori medium) education. Set: Research information for teachers (1).
  • Oh Y., Todd S., Beckner C., Hay J., King J. and Needle J. (2020) Non-Māori-speaking New Zealanders have a Māori proto-lexicon. Scientific Reports 10(1)
  • Cunningham U. and King J. (2019) Greening the information desert: Supporting emergent bilinguals with research-informed workshops. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 42(1): 37-58.
  • Cunningham U. and King J. (2018) Language, Ethnicity, and Belonging for the Children of Migrants in New Zealand. SAGE Open 8(2)
  • King J. and Cunningham UM. (2017) Tamariki and fanau: child speakers of Māori and Samoan in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Te Reo 60: 29-46.