Dr Daryl Macdonald

Daryl Macdonald

Research Associate, Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: BA (Linguistics), Waikato, MA (Applied Linguistics) (Hons) Waikato, PhD (Linguistics) Waikato

Papers Taught

Research Interests

In general, my interests in language and linguistics are in the areas of language analysis and language typology.

In 2009, I was awarded a University of Waikato Masters Scholarship which enabled me to undertake a study of the Kwara'ae language, an Oceanic language from the Solomon Islands (Oceanic, SES, SVO). This project involved the collection and analysis of spoken data, resulting in a descriptive grammar of the language.

Also with the support of a University of Waikato Scholarship, I completed a PhD in 2017. The project is a comparative study of pre-clausal constructions in the discourse of speakers of Oceanic languages (514 languages). The study considers the grammatical and prosodic properties of the pre-clausal constructions and their constituent parts. A functional explanation of the construction is made within the theoretical frameworks of Conceptual Blending and the Human Attentional System.

A key research outcome of the project is the Oceanic Language Corpus (OLC), used to locate relevant publications and text material, as well as accessible audio files for the acoustic analysis.

Recent Publications

  • Barbour, J., & MacDonald, D. (2018). *sa/*ta Alienable possession in the languages of Malakula. In Vanuatu Languages Conference. Conference held at University of South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

  • MacDonald, D., & Daly, N. (2013). Kiwi, kapai, and kuia: Māori loanwords in New Zealand English children's picture books published between 1995 and 2005. In B. Carrington, & P. Pinsent (Eds.), The Final Chapters: Concluding Papers of the Journal of Children's Literature Studies (pp. 44-56). Wizard's Tower Press.

  • MacDonald, D., & Daly, N. (2009). Māori loanwords in New Zealand children's picture books published between 1995 and 2005. In Linguistic Society of New Zealand 18th Biennial Conference. Conference held at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Linguistics

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: I.3.11
Phone: 838 4466 ext. 8554