Linguistics and English Language

About linguistics and English language

Language is central to human life, and linguistics is the scientific study of language and its application. It explores the way we understand, acquire and use language, both spoken and written. And while it considers the diverse characteristics of individual languages, it also uncovers the deeper properties that all languages share. You’ll explore multilingualism and multilingual societies, including areas such as language and globalisation, language learning and teaching and language endangerment. You’ll also have the option to specialise in English as an international language.

Why study linguistics and English language?

Studying linguistics and English language will enable you to analyse the role of social interaction and the relationship between language, society, identity and culture. You’ll be able to communicate more effectively across cultures, and explore the ways in which language enables human thought and feeling to be revealed in sounds or written shapes, and the ways speakers and listeners navigate this process.

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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.

Career options

  • Audiology
  • Information technology
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Foreign affairs
  • Law
  • Immigration

Overseas opportunities

We encourage you to expand your horizons during your time at Monash by studying at one of our partner universities overseas. An exchange is an ideal way to advance your skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country where you are studying.

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