Staff Profile

Painting of Dr Wolfgang B. Sperlich

Dr Wolfgang B. Sperlich

Tutor - English

Dr Wolfgang B. Sperlich is a lecturer at the NorthTec International Auckland Campus teaching English Language.

Research Interests

  • Linguistics


  • Anaphora

  • Language acquisition

  • syntax

Current Research

  • Anaphora


1984. Review Article: Fischer, Hans: Sound Producing Instruments in Oceania. Journal of the Polynesian Society Vol.93:441‑55.
1986. Na‑dolo' Na‑makir. Vanuatu Cultural Center, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
1986. Namakir Texts of Central Vanuatu. Working Papers in Anthropology, No.74, University of Auckland.
1986. Political Naivety in Anthropology. Hurupaa No. 5:49‑53.
1987. Consonant Alternation in Namakir. Paper presented at 7th Linguistics Conference of New Zealand, Dunedin.
1987. Not a Radical Essay on Language and Education. In A.C.E. Writing Workshop, (ed.), S. Middleton, Auckland College of Education.
1988. Is the Namakir (central Vanuatu) glottal stop a reliable witness for POC *q? Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, August 1988, Auckland. Subsequently published as:
1989. Is the Namakir (central Vanuatu) glottal stop a reliable witness for POC *q? In VICAL 1, Oceanic languages (eds.) R. Harlow and R. Hooper. Linguistic Society of New Zealand.
1990. Te Reo Pakeha: Teaching the Colonial Language. Paper presented at International Conference on the Teaching of English, 24‑29 August 1990, Auckland.
1991(1993). Namakir, a description of a central Vanuatu language (a supplement to: Namakir, a description of a central Vanuatu language). PhD thesis, University of Auckland.
1991. Namakir Serial Verb Constructions. Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, 24‑27 May 1991, Honolulu, Hawaii. Subsequently published as:
1993. Serial Verb Constructions in Namakir of Central Vanuatu. Oceanic Linguistics Vol.32 No.1:111‑133.
1994. A Theory of Verb Classes and Case Morphology in Niuean. Paper presented at 7th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, 22‑27 August 1994, Leiden, Holland. To be published in 'proceedings'.
1994. Is Niuean an Endangered Language Species? Paper presented at 7th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, 22‑27 August, 194, Leiden, Holland. Subsequently published as:
1995. Is Niuean an endangered language species? Directions 33, Vol. 17 No.2, p.37-56.
1995. Gahua He Tohi Vagahau Niue: Niue Dictionary Project: Orthography and Vowel Quality. Paper presented at Second International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Suva, Fiji, 2-7 July 1995.
1996. Niuean syntax under pressure from English. RongoRongo Studies, Vol. 6, No.1. p.17-27.
1997. Reduplication in Niuean. Paper presented at Third International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Waikato, New Zealand, 8 -15 January 1997.
1997. Tohi Vagahau Niue: Niue Language Dictionary. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
1997. Causative faka- in Niuean. Paper presented at Eighth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Taipei, Taiwan, 28-30 December 1997.
1998. A review of advances in Polynesian lexicography. Rongorongo, Vol.8.No.1:25-35; No.2:59-72.
1999. Leo Pasefika: how important are Pacific Islands languages for education in Aotearoa? Paper presented at Pacific Islands Educators’ Conference, 13-15 April, 1999, Auckland. [published in Conference Proceedings]
1999. Is Niuean a 100% Tongic language? Paper presented at Fourth International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Niue, 5-9 July, 1999. To appear in ‘proceedings’.
1999. To speak the unspeakable. Paper presented at the New Zealand Communication Association conference ‘On the Edge’, 7-10 December 1999, Taupo.
2000. & S. R. Fischer, eds.. Leo Pasifika: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics. Auckland: The Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures.
2000.  Diane Massam. Possession in Niuean, in Steven Roger Fisher, (ed.) Possessive Markers in Central Pacific Languages, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung - Language Typology and Universals 53.3/4. pp. 281-292.
2000. First Languages of Aotearoa: Maori, Cook Islands Maori, Niuean, Tokelauan. Some implications for language policy. 7th National Conference on Community Languages and CLESOL, Auckland, 22-25 September 2000.
2001. Acquisition of vocabulary: lexical webs. Second Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 17-19 April 2001, Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2001. Semantic and syntactic functions of reduplication in Niuean, in J. Bradshaw and K.L. Regh, (eds.) Issues in Austronesian morphology: a focusschrift for Byron W. Bender. Pacific Linguistics 519, The Australian National University, Canberra.
2002. Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Language Teaching … same kettle of fish? Paper presented at CLESOL, 5-8 July, Te Papa, Wellington.
2002. Inside and outside Niuean Space, in  G. Bennardo (Ed.) Representing Space in Oceania. Pacific Linguistics 523, The Australian National University, Canberra.
2003. Language, Education and Diversity: Contradiction in Vanuatu and elsewhere. International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity, University of Waikato, New Zealand, 26-29 November 2002.
2004. Development and Aid for Education in Vanuatu – some Economic Implications. UNESCO Workshop on Education Economics, 6-7 April 2004, Port-Vila, Vanuatu. (published locally in Workshop Proceedings and under consideration for the World Bank journal Research Observer).
2004. Kuwae, the story in Namakir. 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 4-9 July 2004.
2004. Borrowing in Niuean. In J. Tent and P. Geraghty (eds.) Borrowing A Pacific Perspective. Pacific Linguistics 548. Canberra, ANU.
2004. The Development Aid Industry: the good, the bad and the ugly: a Vanuatu case study. International Development Studies Conference 2004, 4th DevNet Conference: Development on the Edge, 3 - 5 December 2004, Auckland,        New Zealand (published in proceedings)
2005. Will cyberforums save endangered languages? A Niuean case study. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Vol. 172:51-77.
2005. [entries for Niuean language data] Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd Edition. Elsevier, Oxford.
2006. Noam Chomsky. Reaktion Books, London.
2008. Language and Culture, ESP in Taiwan. National Conference on ESP, Kainan University, Taiwan, 22 May 2008, published as:
2008. Language and Culture, ESP in Taiwan. Taoyuan Journal of Applied English, Vol. 1, 2008:21-39.
2011. TESL without cultural baggage. Conference paper. Language, Education and Diversity, 24-26 Nov. 2011, University of Auckland.
2012. Universals of Grammar and Culture. Conference paper. CLESOL 4 – 7 October 2012, Palmerston-North.
2014. Does a theory of the lexicon inform vocabulary teaching? Conference paper. CLESOL, 10-13 July, 2014, Wellington.
2015. & Andrew Pawley. The making of the Lakalai dictionary. Conference paper. 13 ICAL (Taiwan) and Australex 2015, Massey University.
2017. & Nakao, E., Warring, S., Chada, S., Boyd-Clark, M. and S. Alam. How well do our NorthTec programmes match the needs of our international students? How well do we support and guide international students? NorthTec internal research and conference paper (delivered by S. Chada): NZARE: Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, 21st of November 2017.
2018. & Warring, S. and S. Chada. Online Learning: pros and cons for TESOL and business courses at NorthTec International Campus. Conference paper. CRIE: Online Learning in International Education, 15-16 January 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.
Prose and poetry published in the following Literary Magazines/other publications:
                1980. OUSA Literary Review. Dunedin, New Zealand.
                1981. Still Life After Kafka. AUSA, Auckland, New Zealand.
                1982. Tango, a Literary Rage. AUSA, Auckland, New Zealand.
                1994. Lifeblood of a nation. UNV-News. September Issue, Geneva, Switzerland.
                2003. Tropical Depression. MS (Novella).
                2007 Language, Eros and Five Nights in Hawai’i.