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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 ofthe very earliest New Zealand born settlers to those of contemporary speakers, to examine how NewZealand English has changed. This allows us to answer questions not only about New ZealandEnglish but also about language change in general.This is a research course. It has a practical focus which will provide hands-on experience in theanalysis of New Zealand English. Students are trained how to think like a researcher, how toformulate hypotheses, and how to test them, often with the ONZE data. You will have theopportunity to conduct original research on language variation and/or change in New Zealand. Thiscourse is excellent preparation for applications to summer scholarships in linguistics, and foranyone wishing to work as a research assistant for the NZILBB. The transferable skills you learn onthis course are also excellent training for a wide range of careers, both in Linguistics and in otherfields.
By the end of the course, students will:1. be able to demonstrate their understanding of how New Zealand English varies and changesover time2. 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
LING206 or LING207 or LING210 or LING215 or LING216 or LING217 or ENLA210
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is no required textbook for this course. Essential readings will be assigned each week andposted on Learn but students working at this level are expected to supplement this with their ownreading.
Library portalThe course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
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.
This course will not be offered if less than 1 person applies to enrol.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences