Category Archives: What is Linguistics?

Falling into linguistics

Vicky Watson is about to start the Masters of Linguistics (MLING) programme. In this post she talks about her journey into Linguistics at UC, and some of the opportunities that came her way as a result. Like most people, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Welcome to Professor David Britain

We are very pleased to welcome David Britain (Professor of Modern English Linguistics, University of Bern), who is doing a whistle stop tour of New Zealand Universities as a Fellow of the New Zealand Linguistics Society. While at UC, Dave will … Continue reading

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When does a word start?

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. When does a word start? How can we know when a new word ‘takes off’ and starts to be used by lots of people? I spotted this story in the … Continue reading

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The Timaru Herald listens to linguists…

Our thoughts on Lindsay Perigo’s comments on the NZ accent were featured in the Timaru Herald. Follow his link to read the feature: Timaru Herald feature

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More language myths

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. More language myths in the media today, this time in northern England, related to a letter reportedly sent out to parents by a primary school in Middlesbrough. You can read … Continue reading

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New pathway in Language Variation and Change

Are you interested in accents and dialects? New Linguistics pathway in Language Variation and Change at UC You may not realise it, but the University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, are among the … Continue reading

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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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