This article is a project description of ongoing research that was initiated at the School of Māori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato, New Zealand in the academic year 2011. The purpose of this research project is to investigate the relevance of knowledge in Te Reo Māori in accounting for variation within English used in New Zealand. As such the project contributes to research on the variety of Māori English, especially in the area of semantics which has as of yet only sparsely been explored. Of particular interest are the representation of Māori cultural concepts in English and the use of figurative language. To tackle the semantic level of English used by Māori (bilingual) speakers, the analysis of the data will combine insights from the fields of language contact, bilingualism, and cognitive semantics. The aim of this article is to introduce the project and its background to a wider audience. Accordingly, the first section will give an overview of previous related research, which is followed by the major aims of the project and the theoretical frameworks of data analysis. Finally, the methods of data elicitation will be laid out in some detail.

Introducing a project on the role of bilingualism in English and te reo Māori for New Zealand English

DEGANI, Marta;
2012

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This article is a project description of ongoing research that was initiated at the School of Māori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato, New Zealand in the academic year 2011. The purpose of this research project is to investigate the relevance of knowledge in Te Reo Māori in accounting for variation within English used in New Zealand. As such the project contributes to research on the variety of Māori English, especially in the area of semantics which has as of yet only sparsely been explored. Of particular interest are the representation of Māori cultural concepts in English and the use of figurative language. To tackle the semantic level of English used by Māori (bilingual) speakers, the analysis of the data will combine insights from the fields of language contact, bilingualism, and cognitive semantics. The aim of this article is to introduce the project and its background to a wider audience. Accordingly, the first section will give an overview of previous related research, which is followed by the major aims of the project and the theoretical frameworks of data analysis. Finally, the methods of data elicitation will be laid out in some detail.
bilingualism; New Zealand English; Māori English; figurative language; cultural conceptualizations
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