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Research on New Zealand English has taught us a lot about how language varies and changes. In this course, you will carry out your own research project on New Zealand English, using our internationally renowned language databases, or by collecting your own data using a questionnaire or language experiment. You will do real research, in a collaborative research lab environment. The best projects are submitted to academic journals for possible publication.
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
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.
Any 15 points at 200 level from LING.
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 $1,553.00
International fee $6,750.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.