If you've always wanted to delve deeper into language, to unpick the structure of the way we communicate, Monash Linguistics is for you.
Linguistics is central to the study of languages. You can specialise in a range of different areas within two dedicated streams: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and English as an International Language, and will come away with a deep, scientifically informed knowledge of how language is used and structured. 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) and sociolinguistics (language variation and use).
Within the English as an international language stream you’ll examines the different Englishes in the world, and the implications of the global spread of the English language for intercultural communication. You will have the option to investigate Aboriginal languages, Austronesian languages, discourse analysis, language and identity, language change, psycholinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, intercultural communication, endangered languages, literacies and the structure of English.
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 opens the door to a diverse range of challenging careers, from writing and editing and audiology to language teaching and public policy.
This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.