• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Major code LING-MAJ

Linguistics is the study of human language: how we use languages to communicate, how languages vary and change over time, how meanings are expressed, how children and adults acquire language, communication differences across communities, and much more. In this major, students will learn about branches of linguistics, including sound systems (phonetics and phonology), word and sentence structure (morphology and syntax), conversation and text structure (discourse), meaning (semantics), language use in society (sociolinguistics), language in education and the law. Students study data from a wide variety of languages and may do detailed work on a number of different languages and language families. Thorough training is given in linguistic theory and in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, which students apply to a variety of empirical problems.


Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstratean understanding of the nature of the structures found in all human languages
  2. demonstratean understanding of how people use languages to communicate, and of the role oflanguage in human society
  3. describethe most important sorts of variation found in human languages
  4. makein-depth analysis in at least one linguistic sub-structure
  5. evaluatepopular beliefs and arguments concerning language use and language diversity
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

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

LING1001 - Introduction to the Study of Language (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

CLAS1001 - Traditional Grammar (6 units)

LING1002 - Language and Society (6 units)

PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking (6 units)

STAT1003 - Statistical Techniques (6 units)

STAT1008 - Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units from the completion of the following:

LING2003 - Grammar of the World's Languages (6 units)

LING2008 - Semantics (6 units)

LING2010 - Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology (6 units)

LING2020 - Structure of English (6 units)

A maximum of 18 units from the completion of the following list:

ASIA2001 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2308 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

COMP2620 - Logic (6 units)

GERM2048 - Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice (6 units)

HUMN2001 - Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects (6 units)

INDG2003 - Gamilaraay - introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6 units)

INDG2004 - Continuing Gamilaraay (6 units)

INDG2005 - Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6-36 units)

INDG2006 - Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (6-36 units)

JPNS2024 - Japanese Grammar and Expressions (6 units)

LING2005 - Language Across Time (6 units)

LING2013 - Teaching Languages (6 units)

LING2015 - Language, Culture, Translation (6 units)

LING2016 - Language and Society in Indigenous Australia (6 units)

LING2017 - Chinese Linguistics (6 units)

LING2018 - Languages in Contact (6 units)

LING2021 - Cross Cultural Communication (6 units)

LING2022 - Language Policy and Language Politics (6 units)

LING2023 - Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making (6 units)

LING2027 - Language and Society in Latin America (6 units)

LING2028 - Japanese Linguistics (6 units)

LING2029 - Assessing Language (6 units)

LING2101 - Second Language Acquisition (6 units)

LING2104 - The History of the English Language (6 units)

LING2105 - Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law (6 units)

LING2106 - Language and Social Interaction (6 units)

LING2107 - Advanced Academic English (6 units)

MATH2301 - Games, Graphs and Machines (6 units)

PHIL2016 - Philosophy of Language (6 units)

PHIL2080 - Logic (6 units)

PHIL2121 - Philosophical Logic (6 units)

SPAN2601 - The Sounds of Spanish (6 units)

SPAN2602 - The Structure of Spanish (6 units)

SPAN2603 - History of the Spanish language. A linguistic time travel (6 units)

SPAN2604 - Multilingualism and indigenous peoples in the Americas (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following:

ARAB3003 - Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics (6 units)

FREN3515 - The sounds of French: phonetics and pronunciation (6 units)

GERM3048 - Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice (6 units)

LANG3001 - Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts (6 units)

LANG3002 - Translation across Languages: specialised material (6 units)

LANG3004 - Language and Society in Latin America (6 units)

LING2034 - Communication in Health Care (6 units)

LING2040 - Austronesian languages (6 units)

LING2521 - Child Language Acquisition (6 units)

LING3008 - Study of A Language Family (6 units)

LING3012 - Field Methods in Linguistics (6 units)

LING3025 - Special Topics in Linguistics (6 units)

LING3031 - Papuan Languages (6 units)

LING3032 - Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison (6 units)

LING3033 - Advanced Sociophonetics (6 units)

LING3035 - Semantic Typology (6 units)

LING3036 - Advanced Sociolinguistics (6 units)

LING3126 - Topics in Advanced Syntax and Morphology (6 units)

SPAN3031 - Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

STAT3040 - Statistical Learning (6 units)

STAT3016 - Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis (6 units)

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