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SLAM Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

We welcome applications from students wishing to complete an MA or PhD in Journalism, Literature, Linguistics or Applied Linguistics. The route to a research degree is generally through a taught Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant discipline. Please see the relevant pages for further details of the taught programmes offered in each discipline.

Thinking of applying to be a SLAM research student?

  • Contact a SLAM staff member in the relevant discipline in the first instance, to discuss your interests and check whether you are eligible.
  • Through informal discussions with a potential supervisor (usually involving at least one face-to-face or skype meeting), you will shape your ideas into a research intent.
  • Submit a completed application form for admission (postgraduate), which includes your research intent, along with a CV, transcripts and other important documents. Please check that you enclose all the necessary documents when applying. Further details are available on the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) research pages.

Information for Current Research Students

  • SLAM research students work with a principal supervisor, and often one or more secondary or associate supervisors. Your supervisor should be your first port of call with questions regarding your studies.
  • The Chair of the SLAM research committee (currently Dr Fiona Willans) is also available to help with general queries regarding application, enrolment and progress.
  • SLAM researchers are all based within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE). Detailed information, including the forms that you need to complete at various stages of the journey can be downloaded from the FALE research pages. FALE also organises a number of events throughout the year for its research students, so keep an eye out for information.
  • For general administrative queries, you may also sometimes need to contact the Administrative Assistant for either SLAM (Mrs Antoinette Parker) or FALE (Ms Temalesi Waqainabete).

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Wilfred Fimone is working on a Master’s in variationist sociolinguistics. He is examining three potential sociolinguistic variables in Rotuman: Ɂ-deletion, indefinite article and post-verbal negative clitic, with reference to the social independent variables of style, age, gender, education and geography.  The thesis aims to ascertain the social and linguistic constraints of the investigated variables, and whether they are indeed sociolinguistic in nature. Wilfred currently works as a Graduate Assistant for SLAM, where he helps assess and tutor English and linguistics courses.  


Lose V. Jenner-Helu is working on her MA Linguistics thesis: Talanoa ki ‘Uvea (History of ‘Uvea): Translations and Commentary. Talanoa ki ‘Uvea (TkU) is the history of ‘Uvea (Wallis Island) dating from 1150 – 1958.  ‘Uvea lacked a writing system until the nineteenth century when pālagi people brought their orthography and religion to the island.  Like other peoples without writing, the pre-contact ‘Uveans relied on “storytelling” to preserve and transmit their culture and traditions. By translating the ‘Uvean text into Tongan (and English), Lose is learning more about Tonga’s language and history, and is examining evidence about the history of Tonga through linguistic analysis.

Jenny Bennett-Tu’i’onetoa is investigating representations of violence in the literature of the South Pacific region for her MA Literature, with special focus on the work of authors from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. The study - Ataata o Sauaga - will analyze the textual representations of structural-cultural, institutional and individual violence with particular attention to violence against women and children. The relationships between the different levels of violence within the texts will be explored and the study will also examine the representations and function of symbolic violence in the literature of the South Pacific. Jenny completed her BA from USP in 2013 and taught for the College of Foundation studies at Alafua Campus from 2014 to 2016. She is also a writer and has published creative works.

Shaleshni Prasad, enrolled on an MA in Linguistics, is investigating the role of oral speaking skills within the learning of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The research involves an experimental case study design with a cohort of UU114 students at Lautoka Campus, examining whether EAP teaching can be enhanced through the addition of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) activities to the regular curriculum. Shaleshni has been teaching for eight years, including EAP at USP and the University of Fiji, English as a second/foreign language in New Caledonia, and French as a foreign language at the University of Fiji.

Carmalita Dorell Ben Patel is analysing the tattoo as a sign within the Oceanic Region. The thesis focuses on the cultural value of the tattoo and its various representations in three different phases of Oceania: the Pre-Colonial, Colonial, and Post-Colonial. Such representations come in the forms of tattoo cosmology and mythology, the texts of explorers and sailors and their accounts of the tattoo (or rather the tattooed body), the display of the tattoo as a commodity, the use of it within the colonial narratives surrounding Oceania, and finally, the re-representation of the tattoo by Oceanic authors. Carmalita has completed her BA from USP, and is currently a Teaching Assistant in SLAM.

Sangeeta Sharma is working on her MA Literature thesis, studying the representation of women in Indo-Fijian literature. She is adopting a postcolonial and feminist perspective in her analysis of the selected works related to indenture period and more specifically to Hindu women’s identity construction. Starting with the early works like Totaram Sanadhya’s My Twenty One Years in Fiji and Walter Gill’s Turn North East at the Tombstone, she will proceed to some of Fiji’s pioneer Indian writers like Raymond Pillai, Satendra Nandan and Subramani. One of the female writers that will also be looked at is Satya Colpani.

 Roshila Singh is working towards a PhD in Applied Linguistics. Her study attempts to document academic literacy practices in USP’s learning and teaching environments. It will reveal how these practices are engaged by the teaching staff and students as part of the process of academic socialisation into degree-level studies through the medium of English. At the heart of the study is the urge to understand what the university collectively means by ‘English proficiency’. Roshila is currently part of the Student Learning Support team with the Faculty of Business and Economics. 

 

Sherita Sharma Sherita Sharma is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Pacific Media Studies programme. She is conducting her research on the effect of the 2010 Fiji Media Industry Development Decree on journalism in Fiji.
 

 

Completed Theses

Completed Theses

Research theses completed in the School of Language, Arts & Media since 2000

2001

Jane Kanas

MA Linguistics

Tu kaen Bislama? Wan lukluk long nasonal langwis blong Vanuatu blong soem se i gat tu kaen Bislama we ol i toktok long hem long Vila taon

Prof John Lynch

2005

Susan Kiran

MA Literature

An Analysis of the Report of Fiji May 2000 Political Crises in the Fiji Times

Prof Ian Gaskell

2005

Mohammed Sameer

MA Linguistics

Teacher talk in Fijian English classrooms

Dr France Mugler

2007

Apolonia Tamata

PhD Linguistics

The Glottal Stop in Nasorowaqa Fijian and other Ocenanic Language

Dr Paul Geraghty

2007

Setsuko Wakabayashi

PhD Linguistics

FL Listening comprehension

Dr Patrick Griffiths
Dr France Mugler

2008

Roshila Singh

MA Linguistics

Language Use for Interethnic Communication among Urban Fijians and Indo-Fijians in Suva strengthening ties for a Common Identity

Dr France Mugler

2009

Sébastien Lacrampe

MA Linguistics

Possession in Lelepa, a language of Central Vanuatu

Dr Robert Early

2011

Hannah Vari-Bogiri

 

PhD Linguistics

Phonology and morpho-syntax of Raga, Vanuatu

Dr Robert Early

2012

Barbara Gillian Green

PhD Linguistics

Pacific English: what is it, why is it and its implications

 

Dr France Mugler

Dr Robert Early

2012

Shazia Usman

MA Pacific Media Studies

Invisibility in the media: A comparative analysis of the coverage given to female election candidates in the 1999 and 2006 elections by the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun

Dr Rae Nicholl

Shailendra Singh

2013

David Healey

PhD Linguistics

A grammar of Maskelynes: the language of Uluveu island, Vanuatu

Prof John Lynch

Dr Robert Early

Dr Catriona Malau

2013

Ana Kitolelei

MA Linguistics

The Fijian of part-Europeans: a case study of Wainunu-i-caxe 

Dr Paul Geraghty

2014

Vicky Shandil

MA Literature

Gendering through songs: an analysis of gender discourse and performativity in Indo-Fijian vivah ke geet (wedding songs)

Dr Maebh Long

2015

Zakia Chand

PhD Linguistics

Language learning strategies of Fiji students and correlations with academic language proficiency

Dr Robert Early

Dr Rajni Chand

 

2016

 

Carol Aru

MA Linguistics

A short grammar of Duidui: A language of West Ambae in Northern Vanuatu

Dr Robert Early

2017

Rajendra Prasad

MA (SRP) Linguistics

Grammar sketch of Nasinu Fiji Hindi

Dr Paul Geraghty Prof Jeff Siegel

2017

Alice Aluta Rore

MA (SRP) Linguistics

Grammar sketch of Sulagwalu

Dr Paul Geraghty Dr Robert Early

2017

Anurag Raman

PhD Literature

"Carnivalising History"(An Exegesis and Novel)

Dr Robert Nicole

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