Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s OK to be “posh”, but not too “posh”? More language myths

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. Just as a quick follow up to last week’s post about the New Zealand accent being called ‘a disease’ (see Lyndsay Perigo’s original article here, and my commentary here). The … Continue reading

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Linguistics at Honours level

The Linguistics Honours year is a taught programme with a strong research focus. You will discuss the latest research in the field, and you will plan and carry out your own research, both by working individually and in collaboration with … Continue reading

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New Zealand English: “not an accent; it is a disease.”

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. “The New Zealand accent itself was responsible for ‘minor throat and nasal disorders’  (The Triad 10/8/1910: 37). In other words the New Zealand accent was so bad … Continue reading

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Do you know what a ‘dumbphone’ or a ‘flexitarian’ is?

A post in the Language in the news series. See more. New words are invented all the time – some catch on, and some don’t. We look at processes of word formation, and the reasons for the success of some … Continue reading

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Language and Linguistics in the media

Since everybody is interested in language, linguistics issues regularly appear in the media. This year, we’re going to comment on the linguistics issues that crop up in the news. Media coverage of linguistics topics is often based on the findings of research … Continue reading

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“The most annoying word of 2012”: Whatever.

A post in the Language in the News series. See more. This afternoon on a Canterbury radio station, the DJ was talking about a survey which has revealed “the most annoying words of 2012”. Well, it is that time of … Continue reading

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