Dr Louisa Buckingham

PhD in Linguistics (Granada) Postgraduate Diploma in Specialized Translation: Spanish –English (Valladolid) MA in Latin American Studies (Salamanca) MA in Applied Linguistics (Macquarie) BA in Linguistics and German (Victoria)


My career began in the early 1990s as a language teacher in Indonesia, Colombia and Germany. I later held lecturing positions as the University of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Department of English and German), University of Nizwa in Oman (Department of Foreign Languages), and Bilkent University in Turkey (Graduate School of Education). For over 10 years I worked for the Open Society Institute as director of studies and instructor on an intensive pre-academic summer school programme for post-graduate scholarship students in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand.

Outside of academia, I spent four years at New Zealand’s National Assessments Bureau as senior analyst for Latin America and Europe and, for close to two years, was a project assistant on a reconstruction project run by German Caritas in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. 

Research | Current

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Multilingual and multicultural societies
  • Corpus-informed discourse analysis 

  • Corpus-informed analysis of language in professional life

I am currently working on projects related to the social implications of multilingualism, language and religion, and corpus-informed discourse analysis studies.

I am interested in topics for postgraduate supervision related to sociolinguistics (especially multilingual social contexts) or corpus-informed studies on language use (e.g., in social media, news media, in professional life, or in academic disciplines). I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in undertaking research on any of these aforementioned areas with a focus on one or more languages.

My edited volume entitled 'The Status of English in Bosnia and Herzegovina' (published in 2016) explores social change in this country through the prism of the status of a foreign language - English. Extending back to the former Yugoslavia and continuing through to the present, studies in this book illustrate how the changing socio-political context in Bosnia and Herzegovina has influenced the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the country and, in particular, the status of English. The book is the result of collaborative work over a four-year period with academics based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which I describe in the blog accessible here.

My most recent edited volume, ‘Language, Identity and Education on the Arabian Peninsula’ (published in 2017), documents the importance of multilingualism in the daily lived realities of inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula. Contributions explore meanings attributed to linguistic and cultural diversity in domestic and public contexts. I describe the background of this book in the publisher's blog accessible here.

Teaching | Current

LANGTCHG 205 Developing Literacy in a Second Language

LANGTCHG 701 Multilingual Lives

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervision

Junghyun Baik. (in progress). Language proficiency and wages. (Main supervisor).

Mac Chen. (in progress).  Language and wellbeing among older migrants. (Main supervisor).

Bayan Shamma. (in progress) Arabic and family language policy in Auckland. (Main supervisor).

Jing Xu. (in progress) The discourse of ageing. (Main supervisor).

Hanadi Qawar. (in progress) Learning Arabic in Auckland. (Main supervisor).

Zahir Shah. (in progress) The linguistic landscape of Pakistan. (Main supervisor).

Engy Farouk Abdel Baky. (in progress). A Study of Twitter feminist discourse in Egypt from a critical discourse analysis perspective. (Main supervisor).

Nusiebah Alali. (in progress). How Islamic is the Islamic State? A multimodal discourse analysis of ISIS propaganda. (Main supervisor).

Farnaz Rajabi Mehr (in progress) Academic Conference Presentations. (Main supervisor).

Rosa Tudela. (in progress) Discourse Synthesis in an Academic English for Graduates Online Course. (Co-supervisor).

Zhe Wang. Developing Academic Literacy Skills for Postgraduate Writing. (in progress). (Co-supervisor).

Yue Zhao. Multilingual proficiency along the 'One Belt One Road' initiative. (in progress). (Co-supervisor).

Completed PhD supervision

Main supervisor

Yali Liu. 2020. Writing for publishing: The experience of Chinese lecturers of foreign languages (other than English) (Main supervisor).

Jihua Dong. 2018. Stance Phraseology in Cross-Disciplinary Academic Discourse: The Disciplinary Variation of Writers' Authorial Positioning. (Main supervisor).


Yan Yang. 2020. Effects of the second Language on the first language: Tracing possible backward transfer in Chinese EFL learners’ written texts (Co-supervisor).

Mandana Hazrat. 2020. Involvement Load Hypothesis and its impact on vocabulary learning (Co-supervisor).

Phuong Le Thi Ngoc. 2020. A genre analysis and corpus analysis into Mechanical Engineering research articles: Rhetorical structures and phraseology (Co-supervisor).

Miyoung Song. 2020. The Impacts of Extensive Reading Combined with Mediating Effects of Working Memory and Motivation on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Reading Comprehension (Co-supervisor).

Imdad Ullah. 2020. Mapping multilingual ecology: Exploring sociocultural aspects of learners’ investment in EFL in Pakistan. (Co-supervisor).

Najla AlFadda. 2018. Business Complaint Calls in Saudi Arabic:  A Pragmatic Discourse Analytic Study (Co-supervisor).

Completed MA supervision 

Haichao Wang. 2021.  Teaching literature in China. MA diss. (UoA).

Yuanyuan Xu. 2020. Emergency Remote English teaching and learning strategies during Coronavirus lockdown: A case study of older Chinese new migrants at a language institute of Auckland. MA diss. (UoA).

Ruth Davy. 2020. Engaging diverse ethnolinguistic populations in local government decision-making: A case study of Auckland Council’s Food Safety Information Bylaw consultations. 120 pt MA Thesis. (UoA).

Yilan Xie. 2019. Learning Chinese walking down the street. MA diss. (UoA).

Quynh Nguyen Xuan. 2016. Citation behaviour of Vietnamese postgraduate students in university assignments. MA diss. (UoA).

Yuan Xu. 2015. Chinese postgraduate students’ perceptions of using hedging in their written assignments in ELT. MA diss. (UoA).

Yali Liu. 2015. Schematic structure and meta-discourse markers in discussion sections in research articles. MA diss. (UoA).

Engy Farouk Abdel Baky. 2015. Of Veils and Mirrors: A Content Analysis Study of Four Saudi Female Bloggers. MA diss. (UoA).

Mark Major. 2015. How Students Respond to Indirect Corrective Feedback on their Writing: Moderation. MA diss. (UoA).

Ilknur Kazaz. 2015. Corpus-aided language pedagogy: the use of concordance lines in vocabulary instruction. MA thesis (Bilkent University, Ankara).

Meriç Akkaya-Önal. 2015. Speaking from a distance: promoting oral skills out-of-class. MA thesis (Bilkent University, Ankara).

Rosie Stott Alpaslan. 2015. Digitalized learning activities to promote speaking skills. MA thesis (Bilkent University, Ankara).

Jayne Hutchings Aydın. 2015. The use of digitalized out of class speaking activities to promote pronunciation skills in younger learners. MA thesis (Bilkent University, Ankara).

Duygu Aktuğ. 2015. Making the implicit explicit: Unpacking the revision process. MA thesis (Bilkent University, Ankara).


2018. Faculty of Arts Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award.

2016. Faculty of Arts Early Career Research Excellence Award.


Deputy Head Postgraduate

PhD Adviser

Areas of expertise

Sociolinguistics, corpus-informed discourse analysis, academic writing, interdisciplinarity. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Buckingham, L. (2020). Ethnolinguistic diversity in New Zealand: A socioeconomic analysis. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2020 (266), 5-32. 10.1515/ijsl-2020-2108
  • Buckingham, L., & Alali, N. (2020). Extreme parallels: a corpus-driven analysis of ISIS and far-right discourse. Kotuitui, 15 (2), 310-331. 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1698623
  • Dong, J, & Buckingham, L. (2020). Stance phraseology in academic discourse: Cross-disciplinary variation in authors’ presence. Ibérica, 39 (Spring), 191-214. Related URL.
  • Buckingham, L. (2019). Migration and ethnic diversity reflected in the linguistic landscape of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40 (9), 759-773. 10.1080/01434632.2018.1557666
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48903
  • Nguyen, Q., & Buckingham, L. (2019). Source-use expectations in assignments: The perceptions and practices of Vietnamese Master's students. English for Specific Purposes, 53, 90-103. 10.1016/j.esp.2018.10.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45679
  • Dong, J., & Buckingham, L. (2018). The textual colligation of stance phraseology in cross-disciplinary academic discourse: The timing of authors' self-projection. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 23 (4), 408-436. 10.1075/ijcl.16137.don
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46038
  • Dong, J., & Buckingham, L. (2018). The collocation networks of stance phrases. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 36, 119-131.
  • Buckingham, L. (2018). Race, space and commerce in multi-ethnic Costa Rica: A linguistic landscape inquiry. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2018 (254), 1-27. 10.1515/ijsl-2018-0031
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45671


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Wednesdays, 15:30-16:30 or by appointment.

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ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 2, Room 208
New Zealand

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