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International Voices in Children’s Literature Studies

The Centre for Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Wrocław invites to the next lecture in the series of lectures entitled "International Voices in Children's Literature Studies". The lecture entitled Children's Literature in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Focus on Language will be delivered in English by Professor Nicola Daly (University of Waikato).

The lecture will be held on 11 May 2022 at 19:00 via the MS Teams platform. If you are interested in participating in the lecture, please contact dr hab. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, prof. UWr, by sending an email to

Summary of the lecture:
Aotearoa New Zealand has many multilingual communities, however English is the most widely spoken language. Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa and in 1987 it was recognized as an official language. In this presentation I examine themes present in picturebooks chosen to reflect national identity (Cotton & Daly, 2015), with a focus on the different ways in which Te Reo Māori and English are used in picturebooks. I explore the potential of the linguistic landscapes of these picturebooks (Daly, 2019) for supporting language learning, language revitalization (Hadaway & Young, 2013), and language attitudes in Aotearoa.

Nicola Daly is an Associate Professor in the Division of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, where she teaches courses in children’s literature and language learning and pedagogy. She is the Co-director of the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit. Her research focus brings together her background in sociolinguistics and children’s literature. Her work explores multilingualism and language hierarchies in children’s picturebooks, recognising the power of this often-underestimated format in the development of language attitudes and the perpetuation of hegemonies. Her recent publications can be found in The Linguistics Landscapes International Journal, the Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, and Children’s Literature in Education. She has been a recipient of several fellowships related to her research in children’s literature including a Fulbright New Zealand Scholarship (2019–2020); the Internationale Jugendbibliothek Fellowship (2017); the Marantz Picturebook Collection Fellowship (2016); the Dorothy Neal White Collection Fellowship (2014). She has also coedited several books including most recently Daly, N., Limbrick, L. & Dix, P. (Eds.) (2018). Understanding ourselves and others in a multiliterate world. London: Trentham Press.

Further information is on the website of the IRSCL International Research Society for Children’s Literature and Institute of English Studies.

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Published by: Maria Kozan

9 May 2022

last modification: 9 May 2022