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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Having grown up reading medieval histories, Associate Professor Tracy Adams now reads (and writes) about sex and royal power in French and Italian archives.

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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.

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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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