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LING111 A World of Languages

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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.

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

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) $929.55
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 Simon Overall
Lecturer: Dr Hunter Hatfield

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 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-11, 13-14, 17-19, 21
A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-11, 13-14, 17-19, 21
A3 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-11, 13-14, 17-19, 21