School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit, the English Language Institute and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

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Aug7SeminarsDr Huang Jing
Date: 7 August 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT220
Dr Huang Jing, Visiting Scholar, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Read more

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24 July 2015 Miriam Meyerhoff
Miriam Meyerhoff receives stakhanovite award from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence “Dynamics of Language”.  Read more
16 July 2015 Inaugural New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad winners announced
A team of secondary school students from Auckland International College and Kristin School in Auckland has won the first New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. Read more
14 July 2015 Deborah Cameron, the Ian Gordon Fellow, was recently on RNZ
Deborah Cameron, Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University, is an internationally recognised expert… Read more

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Linguistics 30th Anniversary

Happy Birthday Linguistics!

Victoria University's School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies celebrates 30 years of Linguistics in July 2015.  Read more about the celebrations.

linguistics.kiwiLALS has an online blog featuring regular posts from staff and students on a range of topics from views of topical news to announcements of new publications and research, and everything in between! A new post will go up every Monday morning! Check it out at


WRIT Courses 2015

Success at university depends on academic writing skills. Take WRIT 101 to advance your abilities to communicate, research, and persuade.  
If English is your second language, university writing can be challenging. Enrol in WRIT 151 to develop your composing, revising and editing skills.

Employers seek and reward effective writers. Enrol in WRIT 202 and advance your career through clear, concise and dynamic prose.
Creative nonfiction includes personal essays, interviews, blogs, feature articles and more. Enrol in WRIT 203 to craft your writing for publication.


Miriam Meyerhoff - Professor of Linguistics

My world is a beautiful Babel.
I started thinking about language variation when I moved to New Zealand at the age of six and I really wanted to sound "local". I love doing linguistic research – how we talk is about what’s in our heads and what's in our hearts. Read more about Miriam.


Tali Brassington-Crow - BA student

I value the increased understanding gained through exchanging different communities' languages, ideas and customs, as it extends cross-cultural communication. Read more about Tali.


Evan Hazenberg - PhD student

Gender is such a central aspect of our identities, but the mechanisms of 'doing' gender can be difficult to research. Read more about Evan.