Welcome to the General and Applied Linguistics Programme

General Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its facets. Language is a fundamentally important aspect of human life, and impinges on virtually everything that we do. Thus, Linguistics is a study which shares interests with a very wide range of other disciplines, and usefully complements a variety of other subject areas, such as the language subjects, Philosophy, Education, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.

Applied Linguistics is concerned with the application of the insights gained from the study of language to practical problems, such as how best to teach languages, what are the issues in language policy formulation, language in communication, especially electronic communication, and so on.

Our courses in Linguistics constitute a major for the BA and BSocSc degrees of the University, while the Applied Linguistics courses are taught for three specific qualifications, the Postgraduate Certificate in Second Language Teaching, the Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching and the MA (Applied) in Applied Linguistics.

There will be no intake into the Postgraduate Certificate in Second Language Teaching nor the Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching for 2021

Open Day Mini-Lecture: Linguistics - Doing 'Language' on Social Media

Dr. Andreea Calude ([email protected])

Are you on social media? If you are, you are probably using language (in addition to pictures, animations, links and videos) to either share information, read information, or probably to do both. The language we use on social media platforms is, like the platforms themselves, extremely varied and highly strategic. Come and find out about some of the linguistic strategies that we, People 3.0, use to increase engagement and to connect with our perceived online audiences.

Date: Open Day - Friday, 27th May 2022
Time: 11-12PM
Location: S.G.03

Facebook group

Join our Facebook group for University of Waikato linguistics students.

Twitter feed

Check out the New Zealand Linguistics Society Twitter feed, run by a Waikato graduate.

NZ Linguistics Society Journal

Read the NZ Linguistics Society Journal, edited by Waikato Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Dr. Andreea S. Calude.

Staff Profiles

Get to know our staff, their key areas of interest, and what exciting projects they're working on.

Sciblogs - The Lippy Linguist

A blog about language, words, grammar and linguistics ideas by Dr. Andreea S. Calude, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University.

The Conversation

A series of articles discussing important and current topics in linguistics.

Linguistics in the NZ media

University of Waikato Linguistics articles in the NZ media.

Does Grammar Matter?

A TED ED discussion by Dr. Andreea S. Calude.