Linguistics is the study of language in our minds, in our cultures, and in our actions. As language exists throughout human life, linguistics study can easily be paired with other disciplines in the arts, such as English, sociology, anthropology, education, or languages, and other disciplines in the sciences, such as psychology, neuroscience, and computer science, and maths. At the undergraduate level, this work can lead to a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BASc (Bachelor of Arts and Science) qualification.
The Linguistics Programme offers not only a full undergraduate programme, Honours, MA and PhD, but also a minor in teaching English as a second language and a graduate diploma in second language teaching, with a view to meeting the demand for teachers of English here in New Zealand and overseas.
List of papers for 2018 [1MB, PDF]
Linguistics at Otago leaflet [1.4MB, PDF]
Language requirements for study at the University of Otago
New Paper for 2018!
LING 240, Language, Brain and Being Human launches in Semester 2, 2018. The paper has no prerequisites and is open to all students around the university. Students from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, and philosophy in particular will likely enjoy the paper.
Prescription. Soon we will talk to artificial minds: minds that were created not by natural evolution, but by human design. In this paper, we will use human language to discover how the mind works and where the mind ends: at the brain, the body or beyond? We look at language as symbol, as a network and as ecology. After studying what language is, we examine competing theories of how our species evolved language in the first place.
Find out more here.
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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 BA Honours programme, and exchange programmes, please contact Dr Hunter Hatfield (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For enquiries about the undergraduate programme, TESOL programmes, and the regular DipGrad, please contact Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans (Email: email@example.com).
For enquiries about the specialised Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching, and the MA and PhD programmes, please contact Dr Anne Feryok (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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:
- 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.