Linguistics

What is linguistics?

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language and its use. Linguists approach the study of language from a variety of perspectives:

Descriptive linguistics aims to define the basic "nuts and bolts" of what makes a given language work.

Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics focuses on the intersection between language and more general human thought processes.

Sociolinguistics studies the use of language in human society.

Applied linguistics draws on interdisciplinary perspectives to study and understand language issues in the world. 

Historical linguistics studies how particular languages are related to one another, and how human languages have changed and evolved over time.

Why study Linguistics at UNE?

When you study linguistics at UNE, you'll learn about languages, cultures and peoples of the world. You'll learn about data analysis, problem solving and applications of logic, which are all broadly applicable to many kinds of career paths. Research undertaken by our team of dedicated academic staff informs their teaching.

Flexible learning environments

UNE offers flexible learning environments for on- and off-campus students including a fully supported, interactive online learning experience.

Career paths for graduates

Graduates in linguistics are sought after in such diverse fields including: education, speech pathology, computer science, intelligence, journalism, foreign affairs, and business.

Aboriginal languages

The field of Aboriginal languages is expanding rapidly with the implementation of school curricula in traditional Indigenous languages. This means there is a huge potential for linguistics graduates in this field, particularly those with some training in Education.

Are you learning another language?

A knowledge of Linguistics contributes to greater understanding and satisfaction gained from learning another language. The study of Linguistics offers you a deeper understanding of the structure and use of other languages, and how languages change over time.