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Linguistics is the study of human language. Its practitioners address questions such as: How do people use language in various situations? What is the biological basis for language? Is language unique to the human species? How and why do languages change? How do children learn language? What is the meaning of 'meaning'? Can machines talk?

Linguistics also provides a basis for a variety of practical applications, including the teaching and learning of foreign languages, translating and interpreting, facilitating cross-cultural communication, diagnosing and treating language disorders, providing linguistic support for such professions as law and medicine, developing language curricula in schools, improving literacy skills, generating speech by computer, producing 'plain English' documents, and so on.

Studying Linguistics at UNSW

The study of Linguistics at UNSW is primarily through the School of Languages and Linguistics. At an undergraduate level, Linguistics is offered as a major sequence within the Bachelor of Arts and related combined degree programs. An Honours year is also available to high achieving students.

Postgraduate research and coursework programs are also available.

Linguistics can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name At the Level of Plan
3400 Arts Major
Combined Honours
3402 Media and Communications Major LINGA13402
3403 Arts Minor
3427 Music/Arts Major LINGB13427
3428 Media (Media Production) Minor LINGA23428
3429 Media (Comms & Journalism) Minor LINGA23429
3433 Media (Screen & Sound) Minor LINGA23433
3434 Media (PR and Advertising) Minor LINGA23434
3435 Psychological Science Major LINGB13435
3525 Commerce/Arts Minor
3526 Economics/Arts Minor
3539 Commerce (Liberal Studies) Major LINGB13539
3703 Engineering / Arts Major LINGB13703
3841 Arts/Medicine Major LINGB13841
3930 Science/Arts Major LINGB13930
3931 Advanced Science/Arts Major LINGB13931
3933 Advanced Mathematics/Arts Major LINGB13933
3970 Science Minor LINGA23970
4035 Social Work/Arts Major LINGB14035
4055 Arts/Education (Secondary) Minor LINGA24055
4760 Arts / Law Major LINGB14760
4806 Art Theory/Arts Major LINGB14806
4812 Fine Arts/Arts Honours

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