About me






My TED-ED Lesson: "Does Grammar Matter?" I blog for Sciblogs as Lippy Linguist. My The Conversation story feed . My animation "Why do languages borrow words?" produced by SciAnimated .

Other pieces I have written in the media

Fortnightly column in NZ newspapers (Dominion Post and Waikato Times) with Laurie Bauer, Paul Warren and Corinne Seals (Dec 2020-present) Archived here.

Guest story for the SpinOff on grammar Does Grammar Really Matter?, 3 May 2018.

In April 2018, I did a PechaKucha talk about the languages I speak. Here is a write-up about it in the Waipa Post (video to come soon).

NZ Royal Society blog piece "Words As Windows into our Minds", for the 150-years NZRS celebrations promoting linguistics research, also archived on SciBlogs, July 2017.

"Does Big Data Equal Big Problems?" published in Fully (sic), 13 November 2015.

"How to lose your North, be gone with a raft, and have a bird" published in Fully (sic), 27 August 2015.

Opinion Piece entitled "Whose Words Are They Anyway" published in Waikato Times, 6 March 2013.

Letter entitled "Languages With Soul" published in the New Scientist, Vol. 185: p. 33, 5 March 2005.

Book Review entitled "A Beautiful Mind" published in The New Zealand Listener , reviewing John Casti's "Mathematical Mountaintops", 183, May 18-24, 2002.

Media attention of my research

Interviewed on RNZ by Bryan Crump on the Nights show, March, 2022, following a story about the Language Mysteries book by the University of Waikato.

Interviewed by Don Rowe in "This is like totally weird" North & South magazine, December Issue, 2021.

Interviewed by Karyn Hay on Radio NZ (RNZ) programme "Lately", segment on Word (click the link to hear the recording), 10 May, 2021.

Interviewed on Re:News on the How the Kiwi accent evolved, November, 2020.

Interview for the NZ Royal Society Marsden25 Series about my Marsden project, September 2019.

Interview for the Dominion Post "How Māori and English languages mix in the modern world", 10 January 2020.

Interview on TVNZ news programme in te reo Māori Te Karere, screened on 24 April 2019, 4pm.

Our project using machine learning to compile a Twitter corpus containing Māori loanwords received coverage on Radio NZ, in "NZ's unique te reo tweets", 12 February 2019.

I was interviewed on the Guardian Science Weekly postcast (July 2018).

Our work on loanwords was cited in the Weekend Waikato Times and online on Stuff.co.nz, in the story "The borrowers: Why you are speaking more Māori than you think", 8 September 2018.

My story in the Conversation received attention in the Waikato Times, "There's a reason we're bending the rules on speech grammar", 26 March 2018.

My paper on 'Heaps' in New Zealand English receives media attention in:

TV Interview on TV3, the AM show with Duncan Garner, 30 January 2018 at 6:51am,

Radio NZ Interview with Jesse Mulligan , 29 January 2018, 1:22pm,

NZ piece by Jamie Morton: "Why 'heaps' has heaps more meaning than you think" and in print, page A4, 29 January 2018.

Quoted in New Zealand Herald, Canvas Magazine by Lucy Corry for "2 sick 4 work soz: When is it not okay to text?", 19 August 2017.

Interview for the New Zealand Herald by Jane Phare for "Are we all on the Same Page", 11 June 2017.

Nicole Brewer interviews me on 18 February 2017, 7pm about grammar on CBS3 local news in Philadelphia, US.

My project on the "The dating game of loanwords" receives media attention:

Dale Husband interview on Waatea Radio on 5 Dec 2016 at 8:10am,

New Zealand Herald video story on 4 Dec 2016.

Radio interview on FreeFM Community Radio at 8:45am, on 13 May, 2016 about my TED-ED Lesson.

Interview on jargon in the Waikato Times in Saturday Edition, 14 March, 2016.

Interview on taboo language (profanity) in the Waikato Times in Saturday Edition, 24 October (& front page on 21 October), 2015.

Interview on literacy and technology use in the Waikato Times in Saturday Edition, 29 August, 2015.

Our Eurasian language family work receives media attention in:

New Scientist ,

The Guardian

Washington Post,

Featured in a rap song by Zach Sherwin,

I was interviewed about it on National Radio on 13 May 2013 at 14:10.

Our paper on the Homeric Epics receives media attention in:

Scientific American,

History of the Ancient World,

NBC News,

Science Daily.