Most people in the world speak more than one language. The Bilingualism Theme focuses on aspects of the speech of bilinguals, from how knowledge of one language might influence the production of another, to the role of non-verbal cues in the production and perception of speakers.
The leader of the Bilingualism Theme is Professor Jeanette King.
Te Kāhui Kaihautū, the Māori reference group, advises on the research projects associated with NZILBB.
The current projects of the Bilingualism Theme are:
- Tuhinga Mahorahora - A corpus of children's writing in Maori
- Intergenerational transmission of minority languages - This project has a lab group
- Story telling in the New Zealand context - Investigating the role of body language in oral performance.
- Moving and Speaking: investigating the link between movement and speech.