Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure. Subfields include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics.

Areas of study

Structural aspects of language including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, and morphology, as well as the analysis of English language worldwide, Pacific languages, and language use among Pakeha, Māori and Pasifika people within New Zealand.

You can study Linguistics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Language plays a large role in the ways humans interact. Understanding Linguistics can help you to understand language, its function in society and how it changes. Studying linguistics also provides the opportunity to learn about the characteristics of some of the approximately 6,000 languages spoken in the world today.

In Linguistics you can learn how to think and approach problems analytically and learn how languages are structured and how they work. You can also gain an understanding of how languages are used in context, in conversation and in society.

Career opportunities

Studying Linguistics can open pathways to many different careers, including research, teaching, translation, computer science and artificial intelligence.

Many students go on to do postgraduate study in other disciplines, including Speech Science, Education and Law.

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