Allan Bell (sociolinguist)

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Allan Bell (born 26 July 1947) is a New Zealand academic and sociolinguistic researcher. He has written extensively on New Zealand English, language style, and media language. He is a founding co-editor of the international quarterly Journal of Sociolinguistics and is known for his theory of audience design. Currently, he is working as the Director of the Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication and is a Professor of Language & Communication at Auckland University of Technology.


  • New Zealand Ways of Speaking English (co-editor with Janet Holmes, 1990)
  • The Language of News Media (1991)
  • Approaches to Media Discourse (with Peter Garrett, 1998)
  • Languages of New Zealand (2006)
  • The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics (2013)

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