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Linguistics at Otago

We are deeply saddened to announce that Professor Jae Jung Song died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night, 23 April.

The Department is putting in place arrangements to continue his teaching and supervisions, and all of his students will be advised as those plans are finalised. Tutorials and lectures will continue as scheduled.

We know this news is shocking because we feel the shock ourselves. The University provides support for students through the Chaplaincy services, student health and OUSA support. Please feel free to contact any of these groups if you would like to talk about what has happened or feel you would like some extra support.

Linguistics at the University of Otago is part of the Department of English and Linguistics in the Division of Humanities.

The Linguistics Programme offers not only a full undergraduate programme, Honours, MA and PhD, but also a number of courses in second language acquisition, and teaching of English as a second language with a view to meeting the rapidly increasing demand for teachers of English here in New Zealand and overseas.

List of papers for 2017 [1MB, PDF]

Course Information Booklet 2017 [PDF]

Linguistics at Otago leaflet [1.4MB, PDF ]

Language requirements for study at the University of Otago

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Linguistics survey

We are always endeavouring to make our papers interesting and useful. Please take a moment to complete our on-line survey (Google form) to tell us what interests you about language and linguistics. 

Dunedin Linguistics Club

We are excited to announce that we have recently established a linguistics club for secondary students.  Read more about it here!

For further information about linguistics

For enquiries relating to the undergraduate programme, please contact Dr Hunter Hatfield (Email:

For enquiries about the TESOL programmes, and the regular DipGrad, please contact Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans (Email:

For enquiries about the specialised Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching, and the MA and PhD programmes, please contact Dr Anne Feryok (Email:

Contact details

Phone 64 03 479 8952
First Floor
Arts Building
95 Albany Street

Mail Linguistics Programme
Department of English & Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

The department is open weekdays, 9am-5pm. Please ask at the Department of English & Linguistics reception desk.

Information for prospective visitors

The Linguistics Programme receives many applications for visiting scholar positions. Regretfully, we are able to accept only a very small number (i.e., up to two per year).

The following is a set of general guidelines for the submission of applications for visiting scholar status in the Linguistics Programme.

A visiting scholar will have a background and current research directions compatible with those of members of the teaching staff. (For information on our research interests, see our staff pages.)

Applicants must submit documentation attesting to the following:

  • Full CV, including:
  • Complete publications list, including conference presentations
  • Outline of research work to be undertaken while at the University of Otago.

At the discretion of the Head of Programme, the visiting scholar will be asked to contribute all or some of the following:

  • Seminar(s)
  • Guest lecture(s)
  • Publish research or contribute a paper to conference, for inclusion in the Programme's research profile.

During the term of the visit, a visiting scholar will be entitled to the following:

  • Access to email
  • Library access
  • Attendance at seminars and lectures with permission of lecturer

Due to constraints on space, however, we are not always able to offer work space.
No remuneration of any kind will be available to visiting scholars.

The procedure for applications:

You must be supported by a current member of our teaching staff. To do this you should approach a person who shares your research interest with a description of your project.

If that person is interested, he or she will agree to support your application and make a case for your visit in our staff meeting.

The Programme reviews applications for visiting scholar status in April and October in each year. Applications close on 31 March and 30 September.

The completed application must be forwarded to the Head of the Linguistics Programme. E-mail applications are not accepted.

Thank you for your interest in the Linguistics Programme at the University of Otago.