The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has an eminent reputation for its research in various areas of linguistics and applied linguistics.

Our areas of research in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics include sociolinguistics, lexicography, second language acquisition, discourse studies, and sign language.

The School fosters inquiry, innovation in research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. School members have produced internationally acclaimed research and maintain ongoing collaborative ties with institutions and researchers worldwide, as well as with other disciplines, notably Psychology, Computer Science, and Education.

In addition, the School houses several Research Centres and Projects, including the Deaf Studies Research Unit, the Language in the Workplace Project, and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

As part of our commitment to research, we welcome graduate students who want to study towards a Master’s or PhD degree. Our Research Students work on a variety of topics, such as language in the workplace, bilingualism, vocabulary, linguistic descriptions of specific languages, gender in language, and digital narrative.

For information on how to apply for admission to a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington see our PhD Programme page.