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Māori Loanwords on Twitter
(2018-current)

This project seeks to understand how Māori loanwords are used on Twitter. We use various computational linguistics tools to build large corpora of New Zealand English, and then to mine this data for Māori loanwords. The project grew out of interest in how Māori words are being used differently across different genres and in particular, in social media.

See project website: KIWI WORDS. image of the website

PROJECT TEAM

David Trye, Summer Scholar/ Honours Student, Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Felipe Bravo-Marquez, Assistant Professor in Computing, University of Santiago, NZ
Te Taka Keegan, Senior Lecturer in Computing, University of Waikato, NZ
Andreea S. Calude, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Waikato, NZ
Nicole Chan, former Honours student, University of Waikato.

Dating Game of Māori Loanwords
(2017-2019)

This project seeks to understand how Māori loanwords are used in New Zealand English, both in everyday language and in the media (in particular newspapers). We propose a model of relative loanword success in order to find out drivers of borrowing success for loanwords from Māori into NZE. We also hope to apply network analysis to uncover which loans occur together and how such chains of loanword co-occurrence relate to topics of discourse.

Video about our project

PROJECT TEAM

Andreea S. Calude, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Waikato, NZ
Steven Miller, Senior Lecturer in Statistics, University of Waikato, NZ
Hēmi Whaanga, Assoc. Prof. in School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, NZ
Katie Levendis, Masters Student, University of Waikato, NZ
Louise Stevenson, Summer Student Scholar, University of Waikato, NZ.

We graciously acknowledge funding and support from:


New Zealand Stories
(2012-ongoing)

This project investigates short narratives told by New Zealanders of Māori and non-Māori ethnicity. Of particular interest are the use of Māori lexical items and the expression of Māori cultural conceptualizations as potential characteristics of Aotearoa English. The mixture of participants allows for a comparison between the Englishes used by different New Zealanders.

PROJECT TEAM

Marta Degani, Assoc. Prof. in English Linguistics, University of Verona, Italy
Alexander Onysko, Prof. in English Linguistics, Alpen-Adria Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria

Māori loanwords in NZ picture books
(2005-2007)

This project seeks to understand how Māori loanwords are used in children's picture books. A study done by Nicola Daly and Daryl Macdonald showed a rate of about 13 Māori loanwords per thousand in a set of nearly 500 New Zealand children's picture books published between 1995 and 2005.

PROJECT TEAM

Nicola Daly, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Waikato, NZ
Daryl Macdonald, University of Waikato summer scholar, NZ


Maintained by Andreea S. Calude (University of Waikato, NZ). Last updated June 2017.