Elizabeth Turner graduation December 2016.
Left to right: Deputy Head of School of Language and Culture Annelies Roskvist, Elizabeth Turner and Associate Professor Sharon Harvey.

On Tuesday 13 December the School of Language and Culture had their December graduation in the Aotea Centre. Among the graduates was a long term staff member and senior lecturer of the School, Elizabeth Turner who graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy. Dr Turner's doctoral thesis is entitled What's Be Happen? A Bakhtinian Analysis of Aotearoa New Zealand's First Pacific Reggae Album. Her thesis explores the construction of social commentary, protest and resistance in the New Zealand band Herbs' first album, which is recognised for its commentary on historically significant issues and conflicts in New Zealand in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Elizabeth has drawn on the ideas of the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975), his concept of dialogism, and his view of utterances as ethical acts. In doing so she has extended Bakhtin's concepts and analytical tools to popular music to produce what her examiners describe as an innovative and "exceptional piece of work" involving "a very deep level of theoretical application" that is "exemplary in demonstrating the value of analysing a single cultural object in detail" and "a major contribution to knowledge in the fields of cultural studies, popular music studies and Bakhtin studies".

Elizabeth's supervisors were Associate Professor Sharon Harvey and Dr Peter Hoar.

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Research relationships and consultancy links

The School of Language and Culture maintains close links with a number of AUT University Research Institutes and Centres, including:


  • Journal of Multicultural Discourses
  • Journal of Sociolinguistics
  • International Journal of Interpreter Education


  • Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand (TESOLANZ).
Find out more about research developments driven by AUT University.

Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC) — an international collaboration

The Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC) is an international collaboration of staff in three universities in three different countries. It was started at Coventry University under the leadership of Professor Hilary Nesi, and in collaboration with Associate Professor Ummul Ahmad at University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Following this, Dr Lynn Grant at AUT University became part of the project.

The original aim was for all of us to video and transcribe at least 20 hours of Engineering lectures each. The aim now is for the ELC to be a growing collection of transcripts of English-medium engineering lectures from around the world.

The overall aims of the ELC are to:

  • Identify and describe typical engineering lecture discourse features
  • Compare English-medium engineering lecturing styles in different parts of the world
  • Explore the current role of English-medium instruction in engineering.

Corpus development thus far has been assisted by a British Council PMI2 Research Cooperation grant and study into lecturing styles (UK and Malaysia), and AUT University Culture and Society faculty grant AX08/19 (NZ).

The corpus currently contains lectures from different branches of engineering from Coventry University in the UK, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The AUT University part of the Engineering Lecture Corpus includes the following:

  • 17 hours of Electrical Engineering lecture
  • 4 hours of Mechanical Design Methodology lectures
  • 3 hours of Solid Mechanics lectures
  • 3 hours of Fluid Mechanics lectures
  • 3 hours of Engineering Graphics lectures.

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