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Nick's main research focuses on the way in which language is used within organisations, particluarly sports teams. His research to date has investigated leadership development, the construction of team identity in sports teams, and the negotiation of local politeness norms and power within a hierarchy.

Nick also carries out research on language variation and change, and is currently investigating patterns of variation in the way the English Definite Article is realised in Australian English.


Nick convenes LING1121 Language Myths and Realities, LING2219 Introduction to Sociolinguistics and LING3382 Culture and Language. He is co-author, with Janet Holmes, of An Introduction to Sociolinguistics.

Research student supervision

Nick is interested in supervising research projects on language and communication in sports contexts, leadership discourse, sociolinguistic variation and change, sociopragmatics, and taboo language.

Research interests

  • interactional sociolinguistics
  • language in the workplace
  • leadership
  • sports discourse
  • linguistic ethnography
  • language variation and change

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, Leadership as Social Practice: The discursive construction of leadership and team identity in a New Zealand rugby team, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Sept 200815 Feb 2012

Award Date: 15 Feb 2012

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dec 2014 → …

Research Associate, Language in the Workplace Project, Victoria University of Wellington

4 Dec 2012 → …


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