Andreea Calude

Dr. Andreea S. Calude is a linguist at the University of Waikato. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Auckland. She researches grammar, language change and language evolution, but really, she will consider just about any language project that falls in her hands. She has a particular interest in New Zealand English (NZE) and in the use of words of Māori origin in NZE.

Puzzling over politeness - Lippy Linguist

Aug 20, 2017

As a parent of young children, I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders in regulating how our children speak – particularly when we are in public, but also during family get-togethers. Are they sufficiently polite? Do they remember to say “please” and “thank you”? Do they say “sorry”? The rules for such behaviours are assumed to be uniform, squeezed under the umbrella of “being polite” (which seems to correlate with being well-educated or from a “good” family) or under “cei șapte ani de-acasă” (in Romanian, literally “the seven years from home” – Romanian children start school at 6 or 7 years of age). But in reality, the “rules” vary drastically across language and culture. A Theory of Politeness Linguists Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson summarised how different cultures approach “the rules” in their 1987 book “Politeness: Some Universals … Read More

Worlds of Words - Lippy Linguist

Aug 07, 2017

Ever since the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax, we may have all moved on a little from the “language X has Y words for Z”. It has indeed turned out that all those words for snow were actually based on a mere handful of roots (basic core words) that then acquired various bits of words (morphemes) to make what looked like diferent words, with different meanings, but which were not really all that different after all (the common core bit is shared). So Eskimo words for snow were not a good example of what might have otherwise been an interesting phenomenon. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet. In the latest issue of Linguistic Typology, David Kemmerer points to new research from neuroscience which would have us thinking differently about the implications of … Read More

Words as windows into our minds - Infrequently Asked Questions

Jul 06, 2017

This article was originally posted on Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Past and Future series where, as part of 150th anniversary celebrations, early career researchers are invited to share discoveries in their fields from days gone by or give us a glimpse into where their research may take us in the future. This article is by Dr Andreea Calude, a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Waikato. Whom is out. Ought to is practically gone. Hangry is very much on the rise. Like the tide, language never stands still; it’s always on the move. Andreea Calude Using real human language extracts from New Zealand English obtained over the past 130 years, two researchers just published a study1 showing that words and their use are in a symbiotic, co-adaptative relationship. Words which are used frequently are becoming … Read More