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Department of Linguistics

The scientific study of language
Finding out what language is like and why so we can understand communication, culture, social life and the human mind.

Our department offers expertise in the endangered languages of the Asia-Pacific region, language in media and education and varieties of English spoken worldwide. We explore relations between language and culture, language and mind, language in social interaction, cross-cultural communication, and analysis of language structure, from sounds to grammar, meaning and texts.

We have strong connections to linguistic researchers throughout the University, in several language departments as well as in English, education, psychology, information technology, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC).

Study area

Our research

  • Field-based research on Indigenous languages of Australasia
  • Language and the emotions
  • Language and mind
  • Language and multimodality
  • Language in education
  • Media discourse
  • Systemic functional linguistics

Our people

Events

Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

When: 14-15 September 2018

Where: The University of Sydney 

The 18th International Symposium of Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition (PALA) will cover a wide range of topics relating to current research on Processability Theory and Second Language Acquisition including theoretical, empirical and applied issues, around the theme of Twenty years of Processability Theory (PT): Looking at and beyond PT.

Register here

Department chair

Dr Monika Bednarek