Margaret Maclagan

Margaret Maclagan

Adjunct Professor

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Major research interest is the study of New Zealand English (NZE). Including:
- Historical analysis within the Origins of New Zealand English Project (ONZE) with colleagues in the Department of Linguistics
- Acoustic analysis of the vowel system of modern NZE
- On-going changes within the NZE sound system
- The relevance of sound change for speech-language therapists.

Other research areas:
- The relationship between English and Maori in the pronunciation of Maori speakers
- Sound change over time in Maori; Analysis of Maori English
- Analysis of change in the speech of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent Publications

  • Chen SC., Davis BH., Kuo CY., Maclagan M., Chien CO. and Lin MF. (2022) Can the Paro be my Buddy? Meaningful experiences from the perspectives of older adults. Geriatric Nursing 43: 130-137.
  • Davis BH., Maclagan M. and Pope C. (2022) Digital outreach in online dementia discourse: A preliminary introduction. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders 12(2): 185-211.
  • Maclagan M., Davis BH. and Kuo C-Y. (2022) Children learning about dementia: Using gist translations to clarify adult opinions.. In Diaz BA; Schrauf RW (Ed.), Applying Linguistics in Health Research, Education, and Policy: Bench to Bedside and Back Again.De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Maclagan M., Davis BH. and Tsai S-C. (2022) Meeting demographic changes: Expanding and translating caregiver training to incorporate social aspects of care.. In Davis BH; Vicentini A; Grego K (Ed.), Seniors, foreign caregivers, families, institutions: linguistic and multidisciplinary perspectives.: 121-129.Mimesis International.
  • Maclagan M., Davis BH., Song L., Troutman-Jordan M. and Chen S-C. (2022) Current Language Issues in Enhancing Dementia Discourse with Digital Caregiver Guides. Frontiers in Asia-Pacific Language and Culture Studies 1(1): 1-11.