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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May29SeminarsAnik Wulyani and Yen Dang
Date: 29 May 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT101
Anik Wulyani & Yen Dang, LALS PhD candidates Read more
Jun5SeminarsKhadij Gharibi
Date: 5 June 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT101
Khadij Gharibi, LALS PhD candidate Read more

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29 April 2015 Trade secrets
Nog, noggin and dwang might sound like terms of abuse to the uninitiated but are in fact lingo in the carpentry trade, two Victoria researchers have discovered. Read more
18 February 2015 LALS Prize Winners 2014
Congratulations to LALS Prize Winners 2014 Read more
12 February 2015 LALS on Checkpoint
Professor Miriam Meyerhoff makes a submission on the Te Reo Maori Bill on Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme 11 February 2015. 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.