Cultures, Languages and Linguistics research

We work to deepen understanding of, and communication between, the cultures, languages and histories of the world.

Our world-class scholarship embraces cultural and linguistic diversity and promotes global citizenship in the digital age.

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We specialise in research on language teaching and learning, and also have expertise in phonology, syntax, pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

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Focussing on China, Japan and Korea, we study film, youth culture, social history, literature, religion, diaspora, nationalism, language teaching, and more.

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We research topics from medieval and Renaissance works to global pop culture and postcolonial literature and historical memory in European languages.

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Being a religious historian of religion has its challenges, says Dr Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, who is shaking up ideas of China's home-grown Christianity.

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Professor Gary Barkhuizen collects and studies stories, to learn about why and how we teach and learn languages.

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A linguistics team led by Dr Jason Brown is assisting Naasioi speakers to rebuild what conflict destroyed in Bougainville.

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Associate Professor Minako O'Hagan explains why she and her colleagues are researching how to train people to translate for rescue missions in disasters.

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Professor Mark Mullins is Director of the Japan Studies Centre in this cross-University institute, which undertakes research focusing on engagement with Asia.

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This pan-University institute researches contemporary Europe and EU-related issues, and shared Europe-New Zealand concerns.

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Our interdisciplinary research encompasses state politics, film, Indigenous leadership, responses to ecological degradation and more.


We encourage research into the historical and contemporary links between Europe and the Pacific, and offer access to a database of Germans in Tonga 1855–1960.

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