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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title A World of Languages
    Subject Linguistics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Open to all students.

    Teaching staff

    Dr Simon Overall

    Additional teaching staff to be confirmed.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via 26 lectures and 8 tutorials.


    To be advised.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will learn to:

    • Acquire concepts and terminology for the study of language structure
    • Develop skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation
    • Appreciate the structural diversity of human languages
    • Think critically about attitudes towards language use
    • Appreciate the status of linguistics as a modern academic discipline


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18, 20-21
    A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18, 20-21
    A3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18, 20-21
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