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Nathan John Albury

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I am a critical sociolinguist at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. My research investigates:
- language policy and planning in New Zealand, Scandinavia and Malaysia,
- ontologies and epistemologies of language
- multilingualism and linguistic discrimination,
- folk linguistics and metalinguistic awareness,
- language ideology and language attitudes.

I have also held several policy positions in the immigration, prime minister and cabinet and tertiary education portfolios in Australia and New Zealand.


  • 2014–present
    Research Fellow, University of Oslo
  • 2016–2017
    Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2004–2013
    Policy Advisor, Australian and New Zealand Governments


  • 2017 
    University of Oslo, PhD in Sociolinguistics
  • 2013 
    University of New England, MA (Linguistics)
  • 2002 
    Griffith University, BA in Languages and Applied Linguistics


  • 2017
    A typology of arguments for and against bilingual place naming in Aotearoa New Zealand, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
  • 2017
    Mother tongues and languaging in Malaysia: Critical linguistics under critical examination, Language in Society
  • 2017
    The widening gap between Malaysia’s international tourism brand and domestic multicultural policy, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
  • 2016
    Malaysia's national language policy in international theoretical context, Journal of Nusantara Studies
  • 2016
    Defining Māori language revitalisation: A project in folk linguistics, Journal of Sociolinguistics
  • 2016
    Holding them at arm's length: A critical review of Norway's policy on Sámi language maintenance, Journal of Home Language Research
  • 2016
    The power of folk linguistic knowledge in language policy, Language Policy
  • 2016
    An old problem with new directions: Māori language revitalisation and the policy ideas of youth, Current Issues in Language Planning
  • 2015
    National language policy theory: exploring Spolsky’s model in the case of Iceland, Language Policy
  • 2015
    Collective (white) memories of Maori language loss (or not), Language Awareness
  • 2015
    Objectives at the crossroads: Critical theory and Indigenous self-determination in language revitalisation, Critical Inquiry In Language Studies
  • 2014
    Your language or ours? Inclusion and exclusion of non-indigenous majorities in Māori and Sámi language revitalization policy, Current Issues in Language Planning
  • 2014
    Fearing the Known: English and the Linguistic Ramifications of Globalizing Iceland, Journal of Globalization Studies
  • 2014
    Introducing the folk linguistics of language policy, International Journal of Language Studies

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Applied Linguistics, Research Network on Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development
  • International Association for Applied Linguistics, Research Network on Language Policy
  • Association for Asian Studies