Linguistics and English Language

If you've always wanted to delve deeper into language, to unpick the structure of the way we communicate, Monash Linguistics and English language is for you.

Linguistics is central to the study of languages. The tools you'll acquire are a valuable adjunct to studies in anthropology, education, philosophy, psychology, law, translation studies, computer science and other complementary disciplines.

Your study of Linguistics will begin with an introduction to the nature of language, and the basic structures of language and tools you'll rely on throughout your studies. These include phonetics (the production and representation of speech sounds), phonology (the organisation of sounds in a language), morphology (the structure of words), syntax (the organisation of words in sentences), semantics and pragmatics (the analysis of meaning), historical linguistics (language change) , sociolinguistics (language variation and use) with explicit references to the English language and other languages.

In later years, these areas are developed further and options are available to investigate Aboriginal languages, Pacific languages, sociolinguistics, the structure of English, varieties of English (e.g., World Englishes), digital discourse, language change, psycholinguistics, cultural linguistics, first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, endangered languages, and intercultural competence.

You can also put theory into practice by learning an additional language, or by taking an internship in a work-based learning environment.

A background in Linguistics and English language opens the door to a diverse range of challenging careers, from writing and editing and audiology to language teaching and public policy.

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