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LING111 A World of Languages

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A tour through the world's 6,000 languages, learning where they come from and how they are put together: the foundational sounds, words, sentences and meanings of language.

Language underlies all of life - every lecture, every conversation, every society - and linguistics is the scientific study of language. In this class, you will learn how languages around the world work, where they come from, and how to analyse them.

Note: This paper can be taken independently of LING 112.

Paper title A World of Languages
Paper code LING111
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Open to all students.
Dr Hunter Hatfield (
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Hunter Hatfield
Lecturer: Dr Simon Overall
Teaching Arrangements
26 lectures and 8 tutorials

Pereltsvaig, Asya. (2017) Languages of the World: An Introduction. (2nd Edition). Cambridge University

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will learn to:
  • Acquire concepts and terminology for the study of language structure, especially in the areas of phonetics/phonology, morphology/syntax and semantics
  • Develop skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation
  • Appreciate the structural diversity of human languages
  • Appreciate the status of linguistics as a modern academic discipline.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33-34, 37-40
A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 37-40
A3 Friday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 33-34, 37-40
A4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33-34, 37-40