The Science of Language: Examining the linguistic structure of te reo Maōri

Project commenced:

Intern: Hana Skerrett-White

Supervisor: Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

University of Canterbury

 

This summer intern research project explores the linguistic structures of te reo Māori and its evolution and response to external factors. The research seeks to improve educational outcomes for te reo Māori learners, which involves examination of Māori oral traditions and ethnolinguistics, along with analysis of post-colonial events and current policies that have contributed to linguistic and social changes within te reo Māori. The research also analyses the phonology and orthography of Te Reo and discusses teaching methods and controversies. This project concludes with analysis of contemporary education models and suggests compulsory curriculums for improved educational outcomes.

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