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Study Linguistics at Otago

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Overview

Language is central, and perhaps unique, to human experience. Interest in its study has existed throughout history. Consequently, questions about language, and particularly the nature of its structure, use and development, have engaged scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Linguistics is the discipline that addressses these and other related questions directly.

Linguistics comprises different areas of specialisation:

  • phonetics (the study of speech sounds)
  • phonology (the study of sound systems)
  • morphology (the study of the internal structure of words)
  • syntax (the study of how words are combined into sentences)
  • semantics (the study of meaning)
  • pragmatics (the study of meaning in relation to the way language is used)
  • socio-linguistics (the study of language in its social context)
  • historical linguistics (the study of language change)
  • universal typology (the study of language universals and differences)
  • acquisition (the study of how first and second languages are learned)
  • applied linguistics (the application of linguistics to language teaching and other professional activities)

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Contact details

Email english@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/linguistics

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Linguistics (LING) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Linguistics

Level Papers Points
100-level

LING 111  Language and its Structure

Any 100-level paper in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Linguistics, Māori Language (MAOR 110, MAOR 111, MAOR 112), Sanskrit or Spanish

18

18

200-level

LING 214  Syntax

Two further 200-level LING papers

18

18

18

300-level Four 300-level LING papers 72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Linguistics

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics

Thesis
  • Thesis: LING 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics - coursework option

Papers

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Minor Subject Requirements

Linguistics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

LING 111  Language and Its Structure

Any 100-level paper in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Māori Language (MAOR 110, MAOR 111, MAOR 112), Sanskrit or Spanish

18

18

200-level

LING 214  Syntax

One further 200-level LING paper (excluding LING 231)

18

18

300-level

Any 300-level LING paper

18
Total   90

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