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