Corinne Seals

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Senior Lecturer School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Language and identity, translanguaging, forensic linguistics, heritage/community languages, linguistic landscapes (including protest movements), language in the diaspora, language policy, Ukrainian language and linguistics, language and sexuality

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

Corinne Seals is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, focusing on qualitative approaches to applied sociolinguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on heritage language and language policy 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 translanguaging, as well as heritage language acquisition, maintenance, and education. She has investigated this amongst Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, Samoan, and te reo Māori speaking communities.

Corinne is also the Primary Investigator of the Wellington Translanguaging Project ( Based on interactional data collected through an ethnographic approach, the Wellington Translanguaging Project investigates translanguaging in multilingual educational centres. Based on the findings, we create teaching materials and run workshops to further support the successful use of translanguaging in education and in the home.

Additionally, Corinne has been leading the research project Languages, Experiences, & Ideologies of the Ukrainian War since 2014. This project investigates moment-to-moment linguistic identity negotiation for young adults from Ukraine, drawing upon social constructionist theories of language and identity. Two levels of analysis are the main focus – discursive and phonological. 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 in the diaspora.

Corinne also regularly conducts research in and publishes on linguistic landscapes, language policy, community and classroom ethnographic approaches, and language and sexuality. She also regularly serves as a forensic linguist for New Zealand based legal cases and investigations. Her recent publications have included the edited volume Heritage Language Policies around the World (Routledge), and articles that have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Multilingualism; Journal of Language, Identity and Education; Linguistic Landscape; Current Issues in Language Planning; Language in Society; Language and Education; and TESOL Journal, among others.



Seals, C.A. (forthcoming, 2019). ‘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

Barr, S. & C.A. Seals (2018). He reo for our future: Te reo Māori and teacher identities, attitudes, and micro-policies in mainstream New Zealand schools. Journal of Language, Identity and Education. Early view online.

Seals, C.A. (2018). Discursive Techniques in Heritage Language Education. In M. Jedynak & P. Romanowski, eds. Current Research in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (pp. 191-205). New York: Springer.

Seals, C.A. (2017). Analyzing the Linguistic Landscape of Mass-Scale Events. Linguistic Landscape, 3(3), 267-285.

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 2019