Linguistics

Linguistics, the scientific study of language, is a highly interdisciplinary field. The pathway builds on decades of leadership provided by the contributing partners in the fields of applied linguistics, cognitive science, computational linguistics, developmental linguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, language evolution, phonetics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. It combines the previous pathways of Language Sciences (approaches to linguistics based in the cognitive sciences) and Social and Applied Investigations in Language (approaches to linguistics based in social theory), and therefore prepares students to explore a very wide and diverse range of topics which are unified by a focus on properties of human language.

Linguistic research can be highly interdisciplinary, and students on a pathway studentship might take one of many approaches to the study of linguistic knowledge. Some linguistics research considers how infants acquire language, or how adults acquire second or additional languages, and what the cognitive effects of this acquisition entail. Other linguistics research explores how language encodes social information, and how this social knowledge constrains speakers’ language use and speakers’ social identities. Other work is concerned with how best to model the very nature of linguistic knowledge, or how to identify and describe the fundamental shared features across all human languages. This pathway also capitalises on existing strengths and research excellence in the application of linguistic knowledge to social and practical benefit, such as the development of public policy, social justice, and understanding individual behaviour.

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