Theses by NZ linguistics students


This Register of Linguistics Theses (excluding applied linguistics theses) completed at New Zealand universities (1990-) is maintained by Paul Warren, Victoria University of Wellington. Comments to: paul.warren@vuw.ac.nz

Last updated Dec 2006

Individuals wishing to purchase copies of thesis should contact the library of the university. Here are some relevant email addresses and home pages to help with this:

Auckland theses: library@auckland.ac.nz
Waikato theses: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/
Massey theses: intloan@massey.ac.nz
Victoria theses: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/library/
Canterbury theses: cu@libr.canterbury.ac.nz
Otago theses: library@otago.ac.nz

Ainsworth, Helen. 2005. Regional Variation in New Zealand English. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Aitchison, Therese.
2001. An HPSG analysis of the Tongan definitive accent. MA thesis, Canterbury University.
Borgen, Anette. 2000. High Rising Terminals in New Zealand. BA (Hons.) thesis, The University of Auckland.
Bowden, John. 1991. Behind the preposition: Grammaticalisation of locatives in Oceanic languages. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Boyce, Mary Teresa. 1992. Maori language in Porirua: A study of reported proficiency, patterns of use, and attitudes. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Brown, T. Pascal. 2001, How do people get things done at work? A discourse analysis of directives in an Auckland factory. MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Calude, Andreea. 2003. The middle voice in Romanian. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Coddington, Anna.2004. Singing as we speak? An exploratory investigation of singing pronunciation in New Zealand popular music. MA thesis, University of Auckland.
Corston, Simon H. 1993. Ergativity in Roviana. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Cox, Rebecca.
2005. Preterite uses of the present perfect in New Zealand English narratives: A case study.  MA thesis, University of Canterbury.
Davis, Karen. 1997. A grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons. PhD thesis, University of Auckland.
de Lacy, Paul. 1997. Prosodic categorisation. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
de las Cuevas Torresano, Felix. 2001. The acquisition of the subjunctive in Spanish as a second language. MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Drager, Katie. 2005.  The influence of social characteristics on speech perception. MA thesis, University of Canterbury.
Dunbar, Nathan J
. 1996. Male use of sentence-final particles in Japanese. MA Thesis, Massey University.
Duval, Terry P.A
. 1995. A preliminary dictionary of Maori gainwords compiled on historical principles. PhD Thesis (in Maori but jointly supervised with Linguistics), Canterbury University.
Fang, Xuelan. 1990. A computer-assisted analysis of the notion of causation in English. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Flores-Hernandez, Wilf.
2004.  Metaphor in Sochiapan Chinantec. MA Research Portfolio, University of Auckland
Foris, David Paul
. 1993. A grammar of Sochiapan Chinantec. PhD Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Frahm, Roxanne Margaret. 1999. Baniata serial verb constructions. MA Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Grant, Lynn. 2003.  A corpus-based investigation of idiomatic multiword units. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Halliday, George. 2001. Stative sentences in Japanese and the role of the nominative marker ga. MA thesis, Massey University.
Hardman, Anne.
1998. A study of Maori English with special reference to syllable timing: A comparison of the spoken language of a representative sample of Maori and Pakeha recorded in Christchurch. MA thesis. University of Canterbury.
Hay, Jennifer
. 1995. Gender and humour: beyond a joke. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Hickey, Francesca C
. 1992. What Penelope said: styling the weather forecast. MA Thesis, Canterbury University.
Ho, Imran. 1999.A usage-based analysis of three prepositions: at, in, and on in a corpus of written Malaysian English. PhD thesis, University of Otago.
Hodge, Mellanie J. 2001. /ju:z/ are in the paddock eating grass: A study of the acceptance of grammatical variants among adolescents from Southland and Otago. MA thesis, University of Otago.
Hooper, Robin E. 1993. Studies in Tokelauan syntax. PhD Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Hunkin, Galumalemana Alfred. 2001. A corpus of contemporary colloquial Samoan. MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Innes, Bronwyn. 2001. Speaking up in court. repair and powerless language in New Zealand courtrooms. PhD Thesis, University of Auckland
Ishida, Hiroji. 2003. ‘Interpretation of contextualization cues in Japanese conversation: back-channel cues and turn-taking cues.’ PhD Thesis, Massey University.
Jacob, Jenny. 1990. A grammatical comparison of the spoken English of Maori and Pakeha women in Levin. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Jennings, William. 1993. La genese du cayennais: etude de sa demographie et de l'evolution de son systeme verbal. MA Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Ji, Fengyuan. 1998.Language and politics during the Chinese Cultural Revolution: A study in linguistic engineering. PhD thesis. University of Canterbury.
Johri, Roopali.
1998. Stuck in the middle or clued up on both? Language and identity among Korean, Dutch and Samoan immigrants in Dunedin. PhD thesis. University of Otago.
Kawai, Junji. 1995. Phonetic variations in Modern Colloquial Japanese. MA Thesis, Massey University.
Kawai, Junji.
2004. Phonological Analysis of Colloquial Japanese in Optimality Theory. PhD Thesis, University of Canterbury.
Keegan, Peter J
. 1996. Reduplication in Maori. MPhil Thesis, University of Waikato.
Keegan, Peter. 2003.  The Maori vocabulary of Year 6 students in Maori-medium education. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Kikuchi, Atsuko
. 1992.Translation and understanding: mental models as an interface in the process of translation. PhD Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Kim, Jeong. 2000. Language diaries: an investigation into language use in the New Zealand Korean community. MA thesis, The University of Auckland.
Kochovska, Slavica. 2000. Palatalization processes in standard Macedonian: A non-linear approach. MA thesis, The University of Auckland.
Lane, Jonathan. 1991. Kalam serial verb constructions. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Lewis,  Heather. 2004. The with-phrase theme in English: Argument or adjunct? MA thesis, University of Canterbury.
Lo, Josephine.
2000. A syntactic analysis of Cantonese verb sequencing. MA thesis, The University of Auckland.
Macalister, John. 2003.  The presence of Maori words in English. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
MacInnes, Mieko.
1998. Japanese culture reflected in the language. MA thesis. Massey University.
Malathi, Kuncha Rekha.
2001. The Telegu langauge in the recent Indian community in Auckland: The role of attitudes in language shift and language maintenance. MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Marra, Meredith.
2003.  Decisions in New Zealand business meetings: a sociolinguistic analysis of power at work. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Matthewson, Lisa
. 1991. An application of Autosegmental Morphology to some nonconcatenative phenomena in Germanic languages. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
McKay, Denise. 1999. Communicative competence in style shifting: a study of the style shifting strategies of a group of Samoan speakers of English.   MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Morimoto, Keiko.
1998. Japanese women's language. MA thesis. Massey University.
Murata, Masami. 1999. Syntax and semantics of the nominals mono and koto in Japanese. MA thesis. Massey University.
Murata, Masami. 2003. Syntax and semantics of the existentials ar-u and i-ru in Japanese. PhD thesis, Massey University.
Musgrave, Jill.
2001. A grammar of Nefe'ei, Vanuatu. MPhil thesis, University of Waikato.
Nakanishi, Nobuko. 2000. Language maintenance and language shift in the Japanese community of Auckland: A study of the interaction between the sojourners and the immigrants. MA thesis, The University of Auckland.
Newsome, Georgie. 2005. Estimating the size of the phrasal E-lexicon of aircraft maintenance engineers.  MA thesis, University of Canterbury.
Nguyen, Be. 2003.  The design and use of English language teaching materials in Vietnamese secondary schools. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Norcliffe, Elizabeth. 2003. The reconstruction of Proto-Huastecan. MA Thesis, University of Canterbury.
Oshika, Yuko. 2001. Intercultural conflicts between New Zealand and Japanese under business conditions. MA thesis, Massey University.
Park Seon-Ho. 2000. A sociolinguistic and social psychological study of Korean communities in New Zealand: language maintenance and second language learning. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Paviour-Smith, Martin.2003.  Tok Pisin and i:  subject and verb agreement in Melanesian Pidgin English and two other unrelated creoles of Melanesia. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Pilkington, Jane. 1994. Women, men and gossip: what's the story? MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Quinn, Heidi. 1995.Variation in NZE syntax and morphology: a study of the acceptance and use of grammatical variants among Canterbury and West Coast teenagers. MA Thesis, Canterbury University.
Raman, Anand Venkt. 1997. An information theoretic approach to language relatedness. PhD Thesis, Massey University.
Rawlingson, Peter.
1992. The information structure of television news. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Roberts, Mary L. 1990. Language maintenance and shift and issues of language maintenance education in a section of the Chinese community in Wellington, New Zealand. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Roberts, Mary L. 1999. Immigrant language maintenance and shift in the Gujarati, Dutch and Samoan communities of Wellington. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Robertson, Shelley Amber.
1994. Identifying Maori English: a study of ethnic identification, attitudes, and phonetic features. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Russell, Brendon. 1998. Prosodically-conditioned allomorphy in Yidiny. MA thesis. University of Auckland.
Salisbury, Mary. 2003. A grammar of Pukapukan. PhD Thesis, University of Auckland.
Setiawan, Slamet.
2000. Language shift in a bilingual community: the case of Javanese shift in Surabaya, Indonesia. MA thesis, The University of Auckland.
Shameem, Nikhat.
1995.Hamai log ke boli. Our language. Language shift in an immigrant community: the Wellington Indo-Fijians. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Shearn, Sandra.
2003.  Attitudes to foreign language learning in New Zealand schools. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Sigley, Robert
. 1997. Choosing your relatives: relative clauses in New Zealand English. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Smale, Erica.1998. LATERALS and CLICKS. MA thesis. The University of Auckland.
Smiler, Kirsten.
2005. Maori Deaf:  perceptions of cultural and linguistic identity of Maori members of the New Zealand Deaf community. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Smith, Eileen.
2003. “Deaf ways”: literacy teaching strategies of Deaf teachers in New Zealand.  MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Smith, Joan.
1992. Salutations, felicitations, and terminations: a study in communicative performance. MA Thesis, Canterbury University.
Smith/Kocamahhul, Joan.
2003. Language choice, code-switching and language shift in Antakya, Turkey.  PhD Thesis, University of Canterbury.
Sollitt-Morris, Lynnette
. 1997. Language, gender and power relationships. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Speedy, Karin.
1994. Mississippi and Teche Creole. A demographic and linguistic case for separate genesis in Louisiana. MA Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Sperlich, Wolfgang B.
1991. Namakir: a description of a central Vanuatu language. PhD Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Stubbe, Maria.
1991. Talking at cross-purposes? The effect of gender on New Zealand primary schoolchildren's interaction strategies in pair discussions. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Sukarno, Wahyono E.
1996. The morpho-syntax of agent incorporation in Bahasa Indonesia. MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Sukarno, Wahyono. 2004.  Derivational Syntax: A minimalist approach to affixation in Bahasa Indonesia predicates. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Sunahara, Takako.
2001. Interpersonal communication: effective communication with Japanese people. MA thesis, Massey University.
Taumoefolau, Melenaite A. 1998. Problems in Tongan Lexicography. PhD Thesis, The University of Auckland.
Taylor, Ben. 1998. Exploring the "gay accent": Features of the speech of gay men in Wellington". MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Tent, Jan. 2001. The dynamics of Fiji English: A study of its use, users and features. PhD thesis, University of Otago.
Thomas, Brynmor. 2004.  In Support of an Exemplar-Based Approach to Speech Perception and Production: A Case Study on the Merging of Pre-Lateral DRESS and TRAP in New Zealand English. MA thesis, University of Canterbury.
Tobias, Susanna Sonia. 2002. Code-switching in e mail messages: an exploratory comparative study. MA Thesis, Unviersity of Auckland.
Tochigi, Asuka. 2003. Sentence-final expressions-- rasii and yoo. MA Thesis, Massey University.
Verivaki, Maria. 1990. Language maintenance and shift in the Greek community of Wellington, New Zealand. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Vine, Bernadette. 1995. "Anyway we're not British": a social dialect study of two features of the speech of thirty Pakeha women from Wanganui. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Vine, Bernadette. 2001. Workplace language and power: directives, requests and advice. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Waldvogel, Joan. 2005. The Role, Status and Style of Workplace Email: A Study of Two New Zealand Workplaces. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Walker, Ute
. 1995. Bilingualism in German-born immigrant children in New Zealand: a case study. MA Thesis, Massey University.
Walker, Ute. 2004. Language, migration and continuity of being: notions of migrant language proficiency and self-concept among multilingual migrants in Aotearoa-New Zealand. PhD Thesis, Massey University.
Walkinshaw, Ian.
2004.  Disagreement Speech Acts: A Study of Japanese Learners of English. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Walter-Johnsen, Henrik.
  2003. The retroflex flap in Norwegian Bokmal.  MA Thesis, University of Auckland.
Wang, Sheng
. 1991. A corpus study of English conditionals. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington
Xu, Sheng Lang. 1993. Cantonese-English code mixing: a New Zealand study. MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Yaghi, Hussein M. 1994. A psycholinguistic model for simultaneous translation, and assessment by automated acoustic analysis of discourse. PhD Thesis, University of Auckland.
Yamazaki, Shunji.
2004.  The Use of Adjectives in Modern Written English: a Study of Their Distribution in Five Corpora. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Yoshimura, Kimihiro.
1999. The middle construction in English: A cognitive linguistic analysis. PhD thesis, University of Otago.