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LING111 A World of Languages

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.

Paper title A World of Languages
Paper code LING111
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Open to all students.

Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Hunter Hatfield
Lecturer: Dr Simon Overall

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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-11, 13, 16-19, 21
A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-11, 13, 16-19, 21
A3 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-11, 13, 16-19, 21