Joshua Wilson Black

Philosophy | Linguistics | Digital Humanities

Background image: MS page from Charles Sanders Peirce's "Issues of Pragmaticism" (source)

I’m Joshua Wilson Black, a Post Doctoral Fellow at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour | Te Kahui Roro Reo at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. My research interests span philosophy, linguistics, data science, and digital humanities. In all these fields, I seek insight into sign use, understood broadly, and how it fits in to our picture of the wider world.

My current primary research interest is in sociophonetics, where I investigate the dynamics of vowel spaces over time and within conversations and the early onset of vernacular reorganisation using large-scale corpus analysis.

  • Analysis of Text and Audio Corpora
  • Clustering and Classification
  • History of Philosophy (esp. Charles Sanders Peirce and the Pragmatist Tradition)
  • Language Change
  • Master of Applied Data Science, 2021

    University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

  • PhD in Philosophy, 2017

    University of Sheffield

  • MA in Philosophy, 2013

    University of Waikato | Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

  • BSc(Hons) in Mathematics and Philosophy, 2012

    University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

  • BA in Philosophy and BSc in Mathematics, 2011

    University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha



(2022). Peirce on Metaphysics and Common Sense Belief: A Challenge to Hookway’s Account. Upcoming volume in honour of Christopher Hookway.


(2022). The Overlooked Effect of Amplitude on Within-Speaker Vowel Variation. Under review.

(2022). Creating Specialised Corpora from Digitised Historical Newspaper Archives. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

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(2022). Using Principal Component Analysis to Explore Co-Variation of Vowels. Language and Linguistics Compass.

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