• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Australian Indigenous Studies, 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, and how communication differs across communities. In this major, you 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, health care and the law. You will carry out detailed analysis of linguistic data from a variety of languages, with a particular emphasis on the Indigenous languages of Australia and the Pacific region. The study of human language blends both scientific and humanistic approaches to building knowledge, and you will experience a wide range of analytic methods and theories. As language assumes ever greater importance in an interconnected, multilingual world, while remaining one of the last enigmatic frontiers for fields like natural language processing, the study of linguistics is relevant to an ever-wider range of career options.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a depth and breadth of insight into the relationship between language, society and culture, and into the role of language in human sociality;

  2. carry out analysis of the linguistic systems of diverse languages, including the capacity for rigorous, in-depth analysis in at least two sub-disciplines of linguistics;

  3. use a range of linguistic methods and theories to investigate how language is used in different contexts, and how it varies across people, places and times;

  4. critically examine beliefs and ideologies about language use and language diversity;

  5. identify challenges or issues in current knowledge, theories and/or methods of at least one area of linguistics; and

  6. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language-related topics to academic and general audiences.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists. 

The major must include:

  • A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level; and
  • A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level.

6 units from the completion of the following introductory Linguistics course:

LING1001 - Introduction to the Study of Language

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of the following core Linguistics courses:

LING1002 Language and Society

LING2003 Grammar of the World's Languages

LING2008 Semantics

LING2010 Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics and Phonology

LING2016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

LING2020 Structure of English

A maximum of 24 units from the completion of the following Linguistics disciplinary courses:


ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

LING2005 Language Across Time

LING2018 Languages in Contact

LING2021 Cross Cultural Communication

LING3012 Field Methods in Linguistics

LING3025 Special Topics in Linguistics

LING3033 Advanced Sociophonetics

LING3035 Semantic Typology

LING3036 Advanced Sociolinguistics

LING3126 Topics in Advanced Syntax and Morphology

HUMN2001 Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods

Applied Linguistics

LING2013 Teaching Languages

LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation

LING2023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING2029 Language, Assessment and Policy

LING2034 Communication in Health Care

LING2105 Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law

LING2106 Language and Social Interaction

LING2521 Child Language Acquisition

LING3032 Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison

LING3101 Second Language Acquisition

Language-Specific Linguistics 

LANG3007 Romance Linguistics

LING2017 Chinese Linguistics

LING2028 Japanese Linguistics

LING2040 Austronesian languages

LING2104 The History of the English Language

LING3031 Papuan Languages

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following language courses:

Indigenous Australian Languages

INDG2003 Gamilaraay: Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2004 Continuing Gamilaraay

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

INDG2006 Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (6-36 units)

Other languages

ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)

CLAS1001 Traditional Grammar

FREN3515 The Sounds of French: Phonetics and Pronunciation

JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar and Expressions

JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content

JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Material

LING2107 Advanced Academic English

LING3104 Indonesian and Interdisciplinary Linguistics

SPAN2601 The Sounds of Spanish

SPAN2603 History of the Spanish Language. A Linguistic Time Travel

SPAN2604 Multilingualism and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

SPAN3031 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics

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