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Dr Ake Nicholas PhD, MA

Lecturer

School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

 I am a descriptive linguist working mainly on Indigenous languages of the Pacific region, particularly Māori (mri) and Cook islands Māori (rar). I work in a few different areas of linguistics and keep finding new ones to get interested in. I think language is the best thing humans have invented and I think all Indigenous peoples should have access to theirs.

Tēnā rā tātou katoa, He uri au nō Ngā Pū Toru i ngā Kuki Airani ā i tupu ake au i raro i te wharuruhau o maunga Taranaki me āna mokopuna. He tohunga wetereo au. Ko taku rangahau nui ko te wetereo o ngā reo o te moana nei me te mahi whakaora reo.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Auckland (2017)
  • Master of Arts with First Class Honours in Maori Studies - University of Auckland (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • The description, documentation and revitalisation of Indigenous languages, particularly Cook Islands Māori (rar), Māori (mri) and other Pacific languages.
  • The sociolinguistics of marginalised varieties of English

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Computational Linguistics (200402): Laboratory Phonetics and Speech Science (200404): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) (200408): Linguistics (200400): Linguistics not elsewhere classified (200499)

Keywords

  • Linguistics
  • Cook Islands Māori
  • Māori
  • Language Documentation
  • Language Revitalisation
  • Typological Linguistics
  • Language Variation
  • Socio-phonetics
  • Natural Language Processing.

Research Outputs

Journal

de Bres, J., & Nicholas, S. (2021). The sexiest accent in the world: cultural cringe and linguistic prejudice in media coverage of the New Zealand accent. Te Reo. 64(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA. (2019). Inclusory constructions in the Māori languages of Aotearoa and the Southern Cook Islands. Te Reo – The Journal of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand. 62(1), 75-92 Retrieved from https://nzlingsoc.org/journal_article/inclusory-constructionsin-the-maori-languages-of-aotearoa-and-the-southern-cook-islands/
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA. (2018). Language Contexts: Te Reo Māori o te Pae Tonga o te Kuki Airani also known as Southern Cook Islands Māori. Language Documentation and Description. 15, 36-64 Retrieved from http://www.elpublishing.org/PID/160
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicholas, S.

Book

Coto Solano, R., Nicholas, S., Hoback, BR., & Tiburcio Cano, G. (2021). Development of Workflows for Data Management in Untrained Forced Alignment: Examples from Costa Rica, Mexico, the Cook Islands and Vanuatu. In A. Berez-Kroeker, B. McDonnell, E. Koller, & L. Collister (Eds.) Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. : MIT Press Open
[Chapter]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
(2014). The Cook Islands Māori Revised New Testament. Suva, Fiji: Bible Society of the South Pacific
[Edited Book]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Underhill-Sem, YJ., Moekaʻa, R., Nicholas, S., & Purea-Ateriano, T.(2013). 'Ei of Mauke. Auckland, NZ: Tepari Publishers
[Authored Book]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Underhill-Sem, Y., Moeka'a, R., Nicholas, S., & Purea-Ateriano, T.(2013). Te 'Ei Ma'uke. Auckland, NZ: Tepari Publishers
[Authored Book]Authored by: Nicholas, S.

Thesis

Nicholas, S. (2017). Ko te karāma o te Reo Māori o te Pae Tonga o Te Kuki Airani: An aspect of the grammar of Southern Cook Islands Māori. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Nicholas, S.

Conference

Alvarez Mellado, E., Dücker, L., & Grieser, J.Why we lingcomm. . Online
[Conference Other]Contributed to by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2021). Supporting Kuki Teachers with YouTube videos. Poster session presented at the meeting of Lingcomm21. Online
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S., Underhill-Sem, Y., & Uri-Puati, J.Approaches to prescriptivism in language revitalization. In Forthcoming. Univeiry of Hawaii (Online)
[Conference Other]Authored by: Nicholas, S.Contributed to by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA., Uri-Puati, J., Wilans, F., & Futter-Puati, D.The University of the South Pacific’s Diploma in Pacific Vernacular Language: A Cook Island Māori Case Study. . Honolulu (and online(
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA.Te ꞌakakiteꞌanga o te karama, te vairanga reo ē te ꞌakaoraꞌanga o tō tatou reo Description, documentation and revitalisation of our language. . Rarotonga (and online)
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA., & Tongia, B.(2021). The Diploma in Pacific Vernacular Languages from USP: A Realm of New Zealand case study. . Hamilton
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
de Bres, J., & Nicholas, SA. (2019, November). The sexiest accent in the world. Presented at New Zealand Linguistics Society Conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: de Bres, J., Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.(2019, November). Talk about all the things! Young people, modernity and language revitalisation.. . Retreived from http://vlv19.abralin.org/en/programme-keynotes/
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S., & de Bres, J.(2019, November). The sexiest accent in the world. .
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SA., & Coto Solano, R. (2019). Glottal variation, teacher training and language revitalisation in the Cook Islands. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. (pp. 3602 - 3606). Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Coto Solano, R., Nicholas, S., & Wray, S. (2018). Development of Natural Language Processing Tools for Cook Islands Māori. Proceedings of Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop. (pp. 26` - 33).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.(2019, March). NLP Tools for Indigenous Languages. . Retreived from https://data.sim.vuw.ac.nz/widsw2019/programme/
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Coto Solano, R., & Nicholas, S.Using untrained forced alignment to study variation of glottalization in Cook Islands Maori. Papers of the New Ways of Analysing Variation Asia-Pacific Conference. (pp. 15 - 16).
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S., & Petersen, T. (2017). The actor emphatic construction from a semantic perspective: Evidence from Cook Islands Māori.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SATN.(2015, February). Cook Islands Māori, co-ordinating conjunctions, SLA, and the Pacific Harry Potter. . Retreived from http://hdl.handle.net/10125/25343
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.(2013, February). Orthographic reform in Cook Islands Māori: Human considerations and language revitalisation implications. 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC). Retreived from http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ICLDC/2013/
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.Describing Cook Islands Māori. . Retreived from http://www.esocsci.org.nz/networks-pages/pasifika/pasifika-past-seminars-meetings-and-events/talanoa-series/talanoa-2013/
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.Te Vairanga Tuatua Māori. .
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Underhill-Sem, Y., & Nicholas, S.Te ꞌEi Maꞌuke. .
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, SATN.Transitivity and ergativity in two East Polynesian languages of NZ. . Retreived from https://conferencealerts.com/show-event?id=96113
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Salisbury, K., Salisbury, M., & Nicholas, S.Orthographic issues in Cook Islands languages. . Retreived from http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/customhome.cfm?emeetingid=1602J84058B69258408040441
[Conference]Authored by: Nicholas, S.

Other

Nicholas, S. (2020, February). USP Plus February 2020: An Evening with Dr Ake Nicholas. In The University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga Campus.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2020, October). Language revitalisation: A Cook Islands Māori Example. In US National Science Foundation-sponsored project Developing Chamoru Language Infrastructure by PIs Dr. Robert Underwood and Dr. David Ruskin. Presented at University of Guam (online).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S., Crocombe, M., Dixon, R., Early, R., Fimone, W., Fiu, R., . . . Willans, F. (2019). They've always been here but we could not hear them. We could not see them.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2019). Polynesian Languages.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2019, December). Polynesian Languages. In Participants at the 2019 COEDL Summer School at the University of Melbourne.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2019, November). Te Vairanga Tuatua A receptacle for our language:  A corpus of Southern Cook Islands Māori. In https://youtu.be/qf1b_J_b96s. Presented at University of French Polynisia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2019). Cook Islands Māori.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S. (2012). Te Vairanga Tuatua o te Te Reo Māori o te Pae Tonga: Cook Islands Māori (Southern dialects). Retreived from http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/SN1
[Dataset]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.Te Vairanga Tuatua Māori. Presented at Rarotonga.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.Documenting and Describing Cook Islands Maori. Presented at Auckland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S.Te Vairanga Tuatua (Corpus of Cook Islands Māori): How, what, why and what now?. Presented at Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.
Nicholas, S., Coto Solano, R., & Peteresen, T.Cook Islands Māori: Using new technologies to revitalise out language. Presented at Rarotonga.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicholas, S.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Māori (mri)
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Cook Islands Māori (rar)
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links

Media

  • 30 Jul 2018 - Magazine
    The power of language
    Interview in the New Zealand Education Gazette: Linguistics research shows that even the smallest effort to value a person’s culture and language has a tangible effect on their wellbeing and health.
  • 29 Oct 2019 - Online
    Be good and be kind
    Vocal Fries Podcast Interview about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization
  • 21 Feb 2018 - Magazine
    USP Cook Islands completes Maori Language FS
    A write up of the first course in the Diploma in Cook Islands Māori on the UPS newsite.
  • 19 Apr 2019 - Online
    Pop culture in Cook Islands Māori
    Lingthusiasm Episode 31: Pop culture in Cook Islands Māori - Interview with Ake Nicholas
  • 15 Jan 2020 - Newspaper
    Revitalising Cook Islands Maori through education
    Newspaper article in the Cook Islands New covering the Cook Islands Maori programme at the univisity of the sotuh Pacific that teach.
  • 12 Oct 2016 - Magazine
    Alive to change
    Interview in Ingenio: the University of Auckland Alumni Magizine
  • 12 Mar 2019 - Online
    #WiDSWellington Event Day
    Interview on the Access Granted Podcast (Starts at 25'14") at the 2019 "Women in data science" conference in Wellington held on March 8 2019.
  • 11 Dec 2017 - Newspaper
    Batman to rescue of our language
    The long term future of the Cook Islands language may be saved by famous movie characters such as Batman and Darth Vader. Speaking at USP on November 30, linguist experts’ Dr Rolando Coto-Solano,
  • 09 Jan 2021 - Newspaper
    Teaching the teachers of te reo Maori
    Cook Islands News article about the Diploma in Pacific Vernacular Languages - Cook Islands Māori.