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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. 


Hilda Vukikomoala is working on her Master’s in Literature, and her research aims to shed light on the neglected contributions of Pacific Island women towards the establishment of Pacific Literature. Her main repository of research will be Pacific journals and periodicals from the 1960s-1990s. Her research aims to identify shared themes, styles and approaches in the literature of the women writers, to investigate the impact of women writers and their published works on the decolonisation processes then occurring across the Pacific Islands, and to think regionally (citing Epeli Hauofa’s “Our Sea of Islands”) but also to look at nation-specific issues and contexts. 

Sanjaleen Prasad is pursuing her PhD in English Literature. Her thesis, as a study of literary representation, will examine the phenomena of cruel optimism in relation to diaspora, exploring fictional narratives produced by South Asian writers. The study will investigate the characters' object of longing and reasons their relationship to these objects can be characterized as cruelly optimistic, and will also endeavor to determine how and whether these characters are successful in negotiating their ambitions and reconcile the ideal and actuality. The psychoanalytical approach will be considered together with diaspora theory. Sanjaleen is currently a lecturer at The University of Fiji in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication. 

Jane Glynne Maefuaka Kanas is working on an interdisciplinary PhD that draws on frameworks from both Linguistics and flexible learning. She hopes to identify a model for the flexible delivery of Pacific language courses that is driven by learner needs, pedagogical and technological considerations. The model will be piloted through the development of courses in one particular language, Bislama.


Manpreet Kaur is pursuing her PhD in English Literature. Her thesis, as a study of literary representation, extends to home, migration and the formation of a new identity. Focusing on the South Asian diaspora, the thesis will explore the motifs of acculturation, cultural assimilation, hegemony, identity, diaspora, globalization and threshold when demarcating home, migration and migratory patterns. Manpreet is currently a lecturer at The University of Fiji in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication.

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