Meredith Marra & Paul Warren, eds

Linguist at Work: Festschrift for Janet Holmes

ISBN: 9781776561728

November 2017

Throughout her 45-year career at Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Janet Holmes has operated at the cutting edge of sociolinguistics. She is recognised as a field leader, a pioneer for new approaches, and a warm and generous mentor. Linguist at Work brings together contributions from those who are lucky enough to count themselves among Janet’s colleagues, students, collaborators and friends.

The chapters present new research ideas and analysis, paying tribute to Janet in their quality and depth of engagement. From treatments of folk linguistics to sociophonetics, from the language of consent to the language used in children’s books, from humour and leadership to the methods and applications of workplace discourse, the range of material reflects Janet’s own contribution to so many different parts of linguistics.

This Festschrift speaks to the international mana in which Janet is held, her academic impact on (socio)linguistic research about New Zealand and New Zealand English, and her status as a founder in the now thriving field of workplace discourse.



Foreword – Bill Manhire

Linguist at work: Introduction – Meredith Marra & Paul Warren


The mana of Janet Holmes: Leading research in linguistics

Reanalysis and remotivation – Laurie Bauer

Truth, trust and trumpery – Sally McConnell-Ginet

Sociolinguistic perspectives on consent in the legal process – Diana Eades and Susan Ehrlich

A corpus based approach to –own/-ewn disyllabicity in New Zealand English – David Britain


Janet Holmes in her local community: Language (use) in New Zealand

The sound of women in New Zealand English – Paul Warren, Andy Gibson & Jen Hay

Tagalog language maintenance and shift in the New Zealand Filipino community – Ronalyn Umali & Allan Bell

Singing is the first thing that came into my head: Emotions and language maintenance among Filipino migrants in New Zealand – Julia de Bres

Audiences, referees and landscapes: Understanding the use of Māori and English in New Zealand dual language picturebooks through a sociolinguistic lens – Nicola Daly


Janet Holmes as pioneer: Language in the workplace

The Wellington Language in the Workplace Project: Creating stability through flexibility – Bernadette Vine & Meredith Marra

Evolution by design: building a New Zealand corpus of health interactions – Maria Stubbe

Interpersonal pragmatics and workplace interaction – Jo Angouri & Miriam Locher

Leadership and self-denigrating humour: An oxymoron? – Stephanie Schnurr & Angela Chan

Applying research to real world challenges and issues. Developing research-based resources to help migrants enter the workforce. – Angela Joe & Nicky Riddiford


Meredith Marra is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project, and currently Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Paul Warren is Professor in Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.


Cover: Don Binney (1940–2012), Mana Island 1971 (Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association, on loan to Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection)

210x148mm, 300pp approx.


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