Research students

Meet our current research students at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and find out what their research topics are.

All students listed are PhD students except where noted that they are Master's Thesis students. They are listed alphabetically by name. Past research students and their topics are listed on our recent research students page.

Jemima Agnew (MA Thesis)

Thesis title: 'Towards a cross-linguistic model of speech rhythm perception: Tapping to the beat of different languages.'
Supervisor: Dr Sasha Calhoun

Angelicia Anthony Thane

Thesis title: 'A critical genre analysis on digital news reporting. An Instagram perspective.'
Supervisors:  AProf Jean Parkinson and Prof Meredith Marra

Phuong Cao

Thesis title: 'Formative Assessment Practices in Tertiary Second/Foreign Language Classroom. An Exploratory Comparative Study between Vietnam and New Zealand'
Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and Prof Averil Coxhead

Zhenhao Cao

Thesis title: 'Discovering the fluidity of peer interactions and revision behaviours in L2 collaborative writing’
Supervisors: Dr Rachael Ruegg and Dr Stephen Skalicky

Xin Chen

Thesis title: 'Morphological processing in Chinese L2 learners of English'
Supervisors: Prof Paul Warren and Dr Stephen Skalicky

Hao Thi Thanh Dao

Thesis title: 'Adapting tasks from textbook for low proficiency learners in a Vietnamese university: A participatory Action Research project'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and AProf Jean Parkinson

Vy Doan Lan

Thesis title: 'The effect of mind mapping and outlining on Vietnamese EFL students' performance and attitudes'
Supervisors: Dr Rachael Ruegg and AProf Jean Parkinson

Lingli Du

Thesis title: 'On the language non-selective access in visual phrase processing'
Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and AProf Irina Elgort

Darren Flavelle

Thesis title: 'A grammar of ‘Oroha'
Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Victoria Chen

John Goodall (MA Thesis)

Thesis title: 'Critical English for Academic Purposes in a Chinese Transnational University: Possibilities and Challenges'
Supervisor: Dr Corinne Seals

Brittany Hoback

Thesis title: 'Denggan language of Banam Bay: documentation and endangered language maintenance'
Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Victoria Chen

Aynur Ismayilli Karakoc

Thesis title: 'Designing an integrated writing test'
Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and Dr Rachael Ruegg

Juliet Kennedy

Thesis title: 'Pasifika heritage language education in NZ secondary schools'
Supervisors: Dr Corinne Seals and AProf David Crabbe

Erandi Kithulgoda

Thesis title: 'A multimodal analysis of product descriptions in e-commerce websites'
Supervisors: AProf Jean Parkinson and Prof Averil Coxhead

Quynh Le

Thesis title: 'Academic vocabulary in classroom teaching'
Supervisors: Prof Averil Coxhead and AProf Irina Elgort

Jiayi Li

Thesis title: 'EFL teacher professional development in classroom assessment literacy'
Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and AProf Jean Parkinson

Mayyer Ling

Thesis title: 'Reflexive Metadiscourse in Virtual Learning Environments'
Supervisors: AProf Jean Parkinson and AProf Irina Elgort

Kai Liu

Thesis title: 'Identity construction online: Identities and ideologies in reader comments in online news fora'
Supervisors: Dr Corinne Seals and Prof Meredith Marra

Miriam Malthus

Thesis title: 'Science and "science": polarised identities in interaction on activist Facebook pages'
Supervisors: Dr Derek Wallace and Dr Angi Buettner (School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History

Joy Mills

Thesis title: 'Prosody and sentence processing'
Supervisors: Dr Sasha Calhoun and Prof Paul Warren

Nurul Aini Mohd Jelani

Thesis title: 'The effects of different learning conditions on the incidental acquisition of secondary meanings of familiar words in English as a first and second language through reading and listening'
Supervisors: AProf Irina Elgort and Prof Averil Coxhead

Thi My Hang Nguyen

Thesis title: 'Development and initial validation of recognition and recall tests of academic collocations'
Supervisors: Prof Averil Coxhead and AProf Peter Gu

Yoshie Nishikawa

Thesis title: 'Understanding classroom dynamics and exploring use of oral communication tasks in a beginner-level Japanese language course'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Yoko Yonezawa

Taha Omidian

Thesis title: 'Multiple Perspectives on Writing for Research Publication Across Academic Fields'
Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and Prof Averil Coxhead

Hero Patrianto

Thesis title: 'Javanese complementation structure’
Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Victoria Chen

An Huynh Van Pham

Thesis title: 'English teachers’ professional development through action research in Vietnam'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Prof John Macalister

Priska Pramastiwi

Thesis title: 'How can task repetition and planning overcome learners' attentional limitations?'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Stephen Skalicky

Reuben Sanderson

Thesis title: 'Workplace Collaboration Online: a Multimodal Analysis'
Supervisors: Prof Meredith Marra and Dr Jesse Pirini 

Rizwan Sulehry

Thesis title: 'News media and the discourse for justice in Pakistan'
Supervisors: Dr Derek Wallace and Prof John Macalister

Minh Ngoc Hien Ta

Thesis title: 'Fostering students' Intercultural Communicative Competence via Project Based Learning at a university in Vietnam'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Corinne Seals

Mojtaba Tadayonifar

Thesis title: 'Contextual learning of novel multi-word expressions'
Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and AProf Irina Elgort

Van Hong Tran

Thesis title: 'Vocabulary in Mechanical Engineering'
Supervisors: Prof Averil Coxhead and AProf Irina Elgort

Bianca Vowell

Thesis title: 'Dialect change in 'returning' Third Culture kids'
Supervisors: Prof Paul Warren and Prof Miriam Meyerhoff

Wei Wei (Judy)

Thesis title: 'A vocabulary perspective on EFL listening classes for English-major undergraduates of a Chinese university'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Prof Averil Coxhead

Niwat Wuttisrisiriporn

Thesis title: 'Syntactic and lexical complexity in Applied Linguistics and Engineering Master’s theses and research articles'
Supervisors: AProf Jean Parkinson and Dr Anna Siyanova

Jing Xiyuan

Thesis title: 'Teacher development in rural China for task-based language teaching'
Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Corinne Seals

Xiaopeng Xu

Thesis title: 'ESP materials and ESP teachers' expertise of materials development'
Supervisors: Prof Averil Coxhead and  AProf Jean Parkinson

Lu Yang

Thesis  title: 'Technical vocabulary of computer science'
Supervisors: Prof Averil Coxhead and  Dr Stephen Skalicky