ENLA310-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Linguistic Research and New Zealand English

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022

Description

The entire history of New Zealand English can be tracked in the Origin of New Zealand English corpus (ONZE), housed at the University of Canterbury. Using this extensive collection of spoken language, we can compare the accents of the very earliest New Zealand born settlers to those of contemporary speakers, to examine how New Zealand English has changed. This allows us to answer interesting questions not only about New Zealand English but also about language change in general. This course has a practical focus which will provide hands-on experience in the analysis of New Zealand English. Students are trained in sociolinguistic methodology and in how to use the ONZE corpus, and are given the opportunity to conduct their own piece of research on language variation and/or change in New Zealand.

The entire history of New Zealand English can be tracked in the Origin of New Zealand English
(ONZE) corpus. Using this extensive collection of spoken language, we can compare the accents of
the very earliest New Zealand born settlers to those of contemporary speakers, to examine how New
Zealand English has changed. This allows us to answer questions not only about New Zealand
English but also about language change in general.

This is a research course. It has a practical focus which will provide hands-on experience in the
analysis of New Zealand English. Students are trained how to think like a researcher, how to
formulate hypotheses, and how to test them, often with the ONZE data. You will have the
opportunity to conduct original research on language variation and/or change in New Zealand. This
course is excellent preparation for applications to summer scholarships in linguistics, and for
anyone wishing to work as a research assistant for the NZILBB. The transferable skills you learn on
this course are also excellent training for a wide range of careers, both in Linguistics and in other
fields.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:
1. be able to demonstrate their understanding of how New Zealand English varies and changes
over time
2. be able to display complex data in tabular and graphical form,
3. be able to critically evaluate rival hypotheses regarding language variation and change,
4. be able to effectively communicate complex research results

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Prerequisites

LING206 or LING207 or LING210 or LING215 or LING216 or LING217 or ENLA210

Restrictions

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:00 - 17:00 James Logie 214-Mac Computer Lab
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator

Jennifer Hay

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required textbook for this course. Essential readings will be assigned each week and
posted on Learn but students working at this level are expected to supplement this with their own
reading.

Course links

Library portal
The course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
LEARN

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,597.00

International fee $7,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if less than 1 person applies to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All ENLA310 Occurrences

  • ENLA310-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022
  • ENLA310-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)