Studying Linguistics allows students to study the full range of aspects of human language, from sign to speech, to writing, from their structure, to their use, from the history of language, to how they are used in every day talk, as well as the psychological and neurological aspects of language. It investigates how people convey meanings using language resources (sounds, signs, words, grammar, genre), but through this seeks to uncover features common to all human languages, the 'linguistic universals'. So linguists study international languages like English, and endangered languages with fewer than 100 speakers. Such study reveals that languages, which seem on first view to be different, on closer scrutiny, share many important deeper similarities.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

To fulfil the coursework requirements for an Honours in Linguistics, you take two coursework units, and attend an Honours support seminar. The units are chosen in consultation with your supervisor, and may include advanced units, reading units, and special units. You will also complete a thesis of 18,000-20,000 words in length.

Related subject areas

English, Psychology

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