Corinne Seals


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

Language and identity, forensic linguistics, heritage/community languages, language and sexuality, Ukrainian language and linguistics, language in the diaspora, language policy, linguistic landscape of protest movements

BA (Hons) UC Santa Barbara, MS PhD Georgetown University

Corinne Seals is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, focusing on qualitative approaches to applied linguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on heritage language research, with integrated learning programs in Washington state, and with forensic linguistics in Washington, DC.

Research areas

Her research interests are primarily within language and identity, and at present, Corinne’s research focuses primarily on heritage language acquisition, maintenance, and education. She has investigated this amongst Ukrainian, Russian, and Hispanic communities in the United States and is currently working with the Ukrainian community of New Zealand.

Additionally, Corinne is currently working on a research project entitled Languages, Experiences, & Ideologies of the Ukrainian War. The theme of this project is evidence of moment-to-moment linguistic identity negotiation for 38 young adults (18-40) from Ukraine. Drawing upon social constructionist theories of language and identity, this project analyses interviews with young adults from Ukraine about their experiences there, and their positions and ideologies about the current political turmoil in Ukraine. Their interviews are analysed at two levels – discursively and phonologically to uncover any connections between the phonological systems they are using and the topics they are discussing, while taking into consideration their experiences and ideologies. The goal of this project is to produce further understandings of how ideology and self- and other-positioning are managed in speech for multilingual speakers, as well as a greater understanding of the current experiences of Ukrainian young adults, both in Ukraine and abroad.

Corinne is also interested in mixed methodological approaches to studying applied sociolinguistics. In this area, Corinne researches positioning, ideologies, and identities of multilingual speakers and foreign language learners. She has also conducted research and published in the areas of linguistic landscapes, language policy, language and memory in forensic linguistics, community and classroom ethnography, and language and sexuality. Her recent publications have appeared in the journals Language in Society, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Gender and Language, Issues in Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language and Sexuality, and as chapters in the edited volumes Overcoming Erasure: Reappropriation of Space in the Linguistic Landscape of Mass-Scale Protests (2015), Linguistic Landscapes, Multilingualism and Social Change: Diversité des approaches (2013), and Second Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts (2013).



Seals, C.A. (forthcoming, 2018). ‘Choosing a Mother Tongue’: Positioning, Dialogism, and Identity in Ukrainian Narratives of Conflict. Multilingual Matters.

Seals, C.A., and Shah, S. (Eds). (2017). Heritage Language Policies around the World. London: Routledge.

Articles, chapters and reviews

Seals, C.A. (accepted, forthcoming). Discursive Techniques in Heritage Language Education. In M. Jedynak & P. Romanowski, eds. The Many Faces of Bilingualism: Living with Two Languages. Springer.

Seals, C.A. (accepted, forthcoming). Analyzing the Linguistic Landscape of Mass-Scale Events. Linguistic Landscape.

Seals, C.A., and Olsen-Reeder, V. (2017). Te Reo Māori, Samoan, and Ukrainian in New Zealand. In C.A. Seals & S. Shah, (eds.) Heritage Language Policies around the World (pp. 221-236). London: Routledge.

Seals, C.A. & S. Shah (2017). Introduction: A Focus on Heritage Language Policy. In C.A. Seals & S. Shah, eds. Heritage Language Policies around the World (pp. 1-9). London: Routledge.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Positive and Negative Identity Practices in Heritage Language Education. International Journal of Multilingualism. Early view online.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Pasifika Heritage Languages in New Zealand. In O. Kagan, M. Carreira, and C. Chik, eds. The Routledge Handbook on Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program Building (pp. 298-312). London: Routledge.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Dynamic Family Language Policy: Heritage Language Socialization and Strategic Accommodation in the Home. In J. Macalister & S.H. Mirvahedi, eds. Family Language Policies in a Multilingual World: Opportunities, Challenges, and Consequences (pp. 175-194). London: Routledge.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Dealing with Participant Attrition in Longitudinal Studies. In H. Rose and J. McKinley, eds. Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas, and Solutions (pp. 72-80). London: Routledge.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Review of "Occupy: The Spatial Dynamics of Discourse in Global Protest Movements." Edited by Luisa Martin Rojo. 2016.Linguistic Landscape, 3:2, 217-220.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Review of "Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities." Edited by Vera Regan, Chloe Diskin, & Jennifer Martyn. 2016. Language in Society, 46:4, 597-600.

Dang, C.T., and Seals, C.A. (2016). An Evaluation of primary English textbooks in Vietnam: A sociolinguistic perspective. TESOL Journal. Early view online.

Seals, C.A. (2016). The Contrastive Use of Humor by a Lesbian Comedian for LGBT and General Audiences. de genere Journal, 2(1): Article 9.

Seals, C.A. and J. Kreeft-Peyton (2016). Heritage Language Education: Valuing the Languages, Literacies, and Cultural Competencies of Immigrant Youth. Current Issues in Language Planning, 18(1), 87-101.

Seals, C.A. (2016). Review of "A History of Applied Linguistics: From 1980 to present." By Kees de Bot. 2015. Language and Education, 30:6, 574-576.

Seals, C. A. (2015) Overcoming Erasure: Reappropriation of Space in the Linguistic Landscape of Mass-Scale Protests. In S. Ben Said and R. Rubdy, eds. Language Exclusion and Conflict in the Linguistic Landscape. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 223-238.

Seals, C.A. (2015). Review of "Flexible Multilingual Education: Putting Children's Needs First." By Jean-Jacque Weber. 2014. Language in Society, 44:5

Seals, C.A. (2014). Review of “Gender, Sexuality, and Meaning: Linguistic Practice and Politics.” By Sally McConnell-Ginet. 2011. Gender and Language 18:1 (127-130).

Seals, C.A. (2014). Making Heritage Language Speakers Visible in the Mainstream Classroom. Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics. Washington, DC.

Seals, C.A. (2014). Heritage Voices: Language: Ukrainian. Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics. Washington, DC.

Seals, C.A. (2013). Te Espero: Varying Child Bilingual Abilities and the Effects on Dynamics in Mexican Immigrant Families. Issues in Applied Linguistics 19: (119-142).

Ziegler, N., C.A. Seals, S. Ammons, J. Lake, P. Hamrick, and P. Rebuschat. (2013). Interaction in Conversation Groups: The Development of L2 Conversational Styles. In K. McDonough and A. Mackey, eds. Second Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. pp. 269-292.

Seals, C.A. (2013). Creating a Landscape of Dissent in Washington, DC. In C. Hélot, M. Barni, R. Janssens, and C. Bagni, eds. Linguistic Landscapes, Multilingualism and Social Change: Diversité des approaches. New York: Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe.

Seals, C.A. (2013). Dissertations and Theses on Language Policy and Planning. Language Policy Research Network, Center for Applied Linguistics. Washington, DC.

Seals, C.A., Liu, N., and Moore, S. (2012). Dissertations and Theses on Heritage Language Education 2000-2012. Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics. Washington, DC.

Lamplugh, S., López, J., and Seals, C. (2012). Heritage Voices: Language: Choctaw. Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics. Washington, DC.

Seals, C.A. (2012). When a ‘Non-issue’ Becomes an Issue in Discourse Surrounding LGBT Communities. Journal of Language and Sexuality 1(2): 231-256.

Seals, C.A. (2011). Review of “Gendered Identities and Immigrant Language Learning”. By Julia Menard-Warwick. 2009. Anthropology & Education Quarterly 42(2), 173-174.

Seals, C.A. (2011). Reinventing the Linguistic Landscape of a National Protest. Working Papers of the Linguistics Circle 21. University of Victoria: Victoria, BC. pp. 190-202.

Seals, C.A. (2011). Gender and Memory: How Symbolic Capital and External Evaluation Affect Who Receives the Credit in Discourse. Proceedings of the 5th Biennial International Gender and Language Association Conference IGALA6. Tsuda College: Tokyo, Japan. pp. 346-366.

Seals, C.A. (2010). Язык как часть национального самосознания: Палатализация в трехъязычном межличностном взаимодействим Украинцев (Language is a Part of the National Consciousness: Palatalization in Trilingual Ukrainians’ Negotiations of Identity). Матерналы 1–ой Международной научно–практической конференции «Языковая Личность в Современном Мире (Proceedings of the 1st International ‘Lingual Identity in the Contemporary World’ Conference). Ingush State University Press: Magas, Ingushetia, Russian Federation.

Nylund, A., and C.A. Seals. (2010). “It’s not that big (of) a deal”: a change in progress in the syntactic variation of post-adjectival degree constructions. Selected Papers from NWAV 38: Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 16(2). University of Pennsylvania: Philadelpha, PA. Article 16.

Seals, C.A. (2009). From Russification to Ukrainisation: A Survey of Language Politics in Ukraine. The Undergraduate Journal on Slavic and East/Central European Studies 2.

Seals, C.A. (2008). Unexpected Palatalization in English Music by Native Russian Singers. The Birch: A Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture 7 (Spring). pp. 34-36.


Teaching in 2018