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Shaping the world with words

Studying English helps you read more deeply, in fiction, poetry and critical prose, and take in the sounds and signs of language in the world around you. Linguistics is the discipline that directly addresses questions about language and its nature, structure, use and development.

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago has a distinguished record of teaching and research. It was ranked in the top one hundred departments in the world for English language and literature in the 2016 QS World Rankings by Subject. It also ranked first in the field of English language and literature for the number of research-active teaching staff in the most recent Performance Based Research Funding Assessment of New Zealand universities.

The department offers both a major and a minor in English literature, a major and minor in Linguistics and a minor in Writing, and hosts the Scottish and Irish Studies Programme. A number of prizes are awarded to outstanding students in many areas. New, in 2017, is a University of Otago City of LIterature PhD Scholarship for a doctoral project in literary studies.


English

Learn concepts and techniques for analysing texts, improve your communication skills and sharpen your perception.

Linguistics

Linguistics studies language and its nature, structure, use and development.

Centre for Irish & Scottish Studies

Short overview of Irish Scottish Studies and studying it at Otago.


Events

Shakespeare Otago Regional Festival

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Students from Otago secondary schools perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare's plays on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April.

Shakespeare Otago Regional Festival

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Students from Otago secondary schools perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare's plays on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April.

The John Emerson Collection at the State Library of Victoria

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In 2015, the John Emmerson collection, comprising over 5,000 early English books, with a particular emphasis on the English Civil War, was donated to the State Library of Victoria. This session will look at some of the highlights from the Emmerson Collection.

"Projections on the Map," by Prof Stephen Prickett

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stephen Prickett, Regius Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow and honorary Professor of English at the University of Kent at Canterbury, presents on a topic of particular relevance to our position in the Pacific.


Profiles

Vickie Saunders

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"The communication and analytical skills that I developed during my Linguistics studies, combined with an acquired learning aptitude and enthusiasm for learning new languages, are invaluable tools in my present role."