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Welcome to the Dunedin Linguistics Club!

The club is for secondary students with an interest in language to learn about how languages work, how the mind processes language, how languages compare to each other, and how it all fits into our busy social lives. Linguistics touches on literature, psychology, neuroscience, history, social studies, education, culture and more, but most have little idea what the field is.

Linguistics staff and Honours students from the University of Otago have created the Dunedin Linguistics Club for years 11, 12 and 13 to learn about the study of language. There are no fees and no lectures; just fun activities. You can join at any time.


The meetings for 2018 will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed. Come to the Arts/Burns building on campus, Room 1W1. We usually meet every couple of weeks during term.

What do we do?

The activities of the club are decided by the people in it. Preciously, projects included:

  • Animal language
  • The linguistic landscape of Dunedin
  • Fieldwork on the Farsi (Persian) language
  • Learning the phonetic alphabet
  • Creating our own new language (called conlanging)
  • Studying attitudes about speech accents in Otago high schools

I am interested! What is next?

If this is your first visit, please register using this google form. Return members need not register each time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Hunter Hatfield, phone 479 9087, Email:

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