Linguistics is the scientific study of language, including analysis of form, meanings, and how it changes in context. Linguists traditionally analyse human language by observing an interplay between sound and meaning.
Aquinas College was visited by Professor of Linguistics, Dr Julie Barbour, from the University of Waikato.
Dr Barbour’s research has focused on language documentation and description of the Oceanic language family. She completed her doctorate on the Neverver language, and she has been working on a comparative study of Vanuatu and Malekula languages.
The Malekula Languages Project is the focus of her long term research interests. She has supported a number of research students in the field and in 2015 she led a team of student linguists to participant a Ministry of Education workshop to develop literacy materials for seven of Malekula’s languages.
She is pictured here with Elise and Jordan Oxenham who, together with Xavier Barry, entered the 3rd New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad
Xavier and Elise won the Waikato Regional Competition.
Jordan worked with Kimika Clements from Matamata College, coming second.
Congratulations on this achievement.