Dr Andreea S Calude

Andreea Calude

Senior Lecturer, Convenor of Linguistics

Qualifications: BA (Linguistics), BSc (Mathematics), MA (Linguistics)(Hons), PhD (Linguistics) University of Auckland, CELTA/Cambridge

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About Andreea

I am a Romanian born New Zealander, currently working at the University of Waikato. Previously, I have worked in the UK at the University of Reading, in Mark Pagel's evolutionary biology and applied statistics lab, and in NZ at the University of Auckland. My research on the use of Māori loanwords in New Zealand English has been funded by the Marsden Fund. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the New Zealand Linguistic Society - Te Reo. I am part of the NZ Institute for Crime Science and Security and of the ORCA lab and have ongoing strong collaboration links with computer science. I study grammatical and lexical aspects of New Zealand English. My work typically involves corpus data and quantitative analyses.

I am currently serving on the ALPSS Graduate Committee and am the Graduate advisor for Linguistics, and I  also serve on the ALPSS Research Committee.

For more information please see:
My personal website, my Māori loanwords project page or our Kiwi words project page. I also write for popular media, in particular see my story feed for the Conversation.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Current supervision:

David Trye (2020-) "Visualisation techniques of multidimensional language data (PhD) (with Prof. Mark Apperly and Prof. David Bainbridge)

Beau Stowers (2021-) "Decolonizing Māori Grammar" (PhD) (with Assoc. Prof. Hēmi Whaanga)

Jarod Govers (2021) "Multiclass ‘Degrees of Radicalisation/Extremism’ Classification between Social Media Platforms" (with Dr. Panos Patros)

Completed theses:

Anita Pu (2015-2020) "Research perceptions of a blended collaborative approach to writing and their practices" (PhD)

Jemma Konig (2016-2019) "Modelling Vocabulary Acquisition in Extensive Reading". (PhD)

Katie Levendis (2017-2018) "Māori loanwords in New Zealand newspaper data - a case-study of Māori Language Week" (MA)

Research Interests

I have worked in various areas of theoretical linguistics, including morphology, syntax, corpus linguistics, and machine translation. My main current interests concern frequency-of-use effects in language. The projects I am involved in aim to understand frequency-of-use crosslinguistically (looking at the frequency of basic vocabulary words across different languages), in grammar (through typological work on causal/noncausal constructions), and in language contact (following the progress of Māori loanwords into New Zealand English). Additionally, I continue earlier work investigating the organisation of spoken grammar and the structuring of information in conversation, particularly with respect to cleft sentences and inferential constructions. My work is funded by the Marsden Grant of the Royal Society. I am the edior-in-chief of Te Reo - the Journal of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand.

Recent Publications

  • Calude, A. S. (2021). The history of number words in the world's languages—what have we learnt so far?. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1824). doi:10.1098/rstb.2020.0206

  • Calude, A. S., & Bauer, L. (2021). Mysteries of English Grammar. A guide to complexities of the English language. Routledge.

  • Calude, A., & Delahunty, G. (2020). Just because. Constructions in spoken and written New Zealand English. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, Tenth Anniversary Issue(1), 29-52. Retrieved from

  • Calude, A. S. (2020). The crucible of language: How language and mind create meaning. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 1-3. doi:10.1080/07268602.2020.1751916

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corpus linguistics, cognitive grammar, evolutionary linguistics, phylogenetics, Romanian linguistics, loanwords