• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Minor code LING-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

A basic knowledge of the workings of language can be a useful adjunct to many areas of study, including any foreign language, literature, anthropology, philosophy, computer science, or psychology.  This minor builds on the introduction to linguistics (1001), which may be taken on its own are as part of another major or minor, to allow further study of some of the sub-areas of linguistics.


Learning outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this minor, the students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of the structures found across human languages
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of how people use languages to communicate, and of the role of language in human society and in communication across cultures
  3. describe some of the most important sorts of variation found in human languages
  4. conduct basic linguistic analysis applying quantitative and/or qualitative methods
  5. evaluate popular beliefs and arguments concerning language use and language diversity


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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
LING1001 Introduction to the Study of Language 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
LING2003 Introduction to Syntax 6
LING2008 Semantics 6
LING2010 Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARAB3003 Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2103 Language in Asia (L) 6
ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific 6
GERM2048 Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice 6
HUMN2001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects 6
INDN2101 The Shape of Indonesian: Its Structure and Development 6
  JPNS 2009: Japanese Lexicon
JPNS2019 Japanese Phonetics and Phonology 6
JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar and Expressions 6
JPNS3011 Language Variation and Change in the Japanese Archipelago 6
  LANG 2103: Second Language Pragmatics
LANG3004 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LANG3005 Language and Identity in a European Context 6
LING1002 Language and Society 6
LING2005 Language Change and Linguistic Reconstruction 6
LING2013 Teaching Languages 6
LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation 6
LING2016 Language in Indigenous Australia 6
LING2017 Chinese Linguistics 6
LING2018 Languages in Contact 6
LING2020 Structure of English 6
LING2021 Cross Cultural Communication (L) 6
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics 6
LING2023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making 6
LING2027 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LING2028 Japanese Linguistics 6
LING2029 Assessing Language 6
LING2101 Second Language Acquisition 6
LING2103 Language Power and Identity 6
LING2104 The History of the English Language 6
LING2105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics 6
LING2106 Language and Social Interaction 6
LING3008 Study of A Language Family 6
LING3013 Issues in Advanced Japanese Linguistics 6
LING3107 Morphology 6
LING3021 Child Language Acquisition 6
LING3022 Seminar on Semantics 6
LING3025 Special Topics in Linguistics 6
LING3030 A comparative study of Austronesian languages 6
LING3031 Papuan Languages 6
LING3032 Advanced Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison 6
LING3119 Phonological analysis 6
LING3126 Syntactic Theory 6
PASI2010 Talking the Pacific: Melanesian pidgins and creoles in social context 6
  PASI 2020: Languages of the Pacific
PHIL2016 Philosophy of Language 6
PHIL2080 Logic 6
SPAN2601 The Sounds of Spanish 6
SPAN2602 The Structure of Spanish 6
SPAN2603 History of the Spanish language. A linguistic time travel 6
SPAN2604 Language variation across the Spanish-speaking world 6
SPAN3031 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics 6
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