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Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and, given that language impinges on virtually everything we do, it is a broad and interesting subject. Linguistics at the University of Waikato is a top 250 QS-rated programme and will deepen your appreciation for language, as well as provide essential understandings relevant to any career where language is a key component.

Language is a tool we all use instinctively, without necessarily understanding its precise structure. By studying Linguistics, you'll gain an inner working knowledge of language design and organisation. You'll learn about different sounds, words and clause structures, and how they work in world languages. You'll explore different cultures and societies to see how linguistic behaviour changes by location, as well as in various situations.

Your Linguistics studies will also give you a commanding understanding of the English language which can lead to careers in journalism, free-lance writing or academia.

The QS World University Subject Rankings has recognised the University of Waikato among the worlds top 250 universities for studying Linguistics.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Education Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Language School Management
  • Lexicography (Dictionary Writing)
  • Second Language Teaching
  • Speech Therapist
  • Writer

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC105Language in Context18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context.
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
ENGLI113English.Confidence18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This can be a useful preparatory paper for language, linguistics and creative writing papers.
LINGS131Describing LanguageThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LINGS201Language Analysis18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a detailed introduction to phonetics, phonology and morphology. Students develop analytic skills and discuss theoretical issues related to language analysis.
LINGS202Exploring English: From Grammar to Discourse18B (Hamilton)
This paper presents a hands-on introduction to the grammar of English, paying special attention to the syntactic components involved, as well as their strong connection to discourse.
LINGS203Language, Society and Culture18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.
PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication18A (Hamilton)
Someone says, ‘Zombies eat brains’. How does language and knowledge enable us to convey thoughts about non-existent things? This paper explores major debates in epistemology and the philosophy of language.
PSYCH203Brain, Cognition, and Development18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
FREN305History and Variation of French18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the history, phonology, morphology and syntax of French and includes advanced study of a French dialect or Creole.
LING302Language Typology18A (Hamilton)
The study of linguistic diversity, with an emphasis on the morphosyntactic analysis of lesser-known languages. Recently developed typological understandings will be introduced to examine data.
LING304Sociolinguistics18B (Hamilton)
The major methods and principles of sociolinguistic investigation. The study of accents and dialects; language variation; the relationship between language and education, language and sex; social codes; language attitudes.
LING306An Introduction to Second Language Teaching18B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students explore conceptual and practical perspectives to teaching second-language reading and writing, evaluate second-language reading and writing materials and examine approaches to writing assessment feedback.
LING380Special Topic18B (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to a sub-discipline of linguistics, and learn about its theoretical basis and research methodologies, as well as undertaking practical tasks in language analysis.
LING390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Ling) and GradDip(Ling)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Linguistics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LING800Linguistics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LING900Linguistics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Linguistics Programme


Linguistics is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Linguistics may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Linguistics, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Linguistics, including LING231, LING302, LING304 and one other 300 level LING paper. It is recommended that students intending to major in Linguistics include LING131 and LING132 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above.

To complete a supporting subject in Linguistics, students must include LING131, LING132 and LING231.

Students wishing to take Linguistics as a major or as a supporting subject are strongly encouraged to include a language skills paper in a language other than their first language in their programme of study. Such a paper would not count as a Linguistics paper for the purposes of the degree regulations.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

General & Undergraduate Enquiries:
Phone: +64 7 838 4932
Email: ling-fass@waikato.ac.nz