If you’re here today for the UC Info Day: Welcome to campus!
The Linguistics talk is in a block with other SAPS departments in lecture hall C1 between 10-10.45. Since each department only gets a few minutes to talk, I’ve collected some links together and pasted them below. I’ll talk briefly about some of these, and you can use the links to follow up if you’re interested. If you have questions, just get in touch with Kevin Watson, the Department Coordinator for Linguistics (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The website for the Linguistics department is here: http://www.saps.canterbury.ac.nz/ling/, and you can find out more about our courses here: http://www.saps.canterbury.ac.nz/ling/courses/ling_courses.shtml.
The website for the NZILBB – the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour – is here: http://www.nzilbb.canterbury.ac.nz/
In my short talk, I mentioned Lindsay Perigo’s article discussing the New Zealand accent – you can read it here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/8185142/Kiwi-accent-killing-the-news, and you can follow my response to it here: https://uclinguistics.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/new-zealand-english-1/
At the end of the talk, I mentioned forensic linguistics. Here are some news reports about the cases I highlighted:
Forensic linguistic analysis of text messages
A case from 2002: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4780713.stm
A case from 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7600769.stm
Forensic analysis of the voice
The David Bain trial: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/forensics-shed-new-light-david-bain-audio-4504136
And finally, if you’re wondering about whether you should take linguistics courses at university, you might find the information here valuable:
Why major in linguistics? http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/why-major-linguistics