Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its facets. Language is a fundamentally important aspect of human life, and impinges on virtually everything that we do. Thus, Linguistics is a study which shares interests with a very wide range of other disciplines, and usefully complements a variety of other subject areas, such as the language subjects, Philosophy, Education, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.
Linguistics is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences. Linguistics may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Linguistics as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Linguistics, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include ARTSC105, LINGS201, LINGS301, LINGS302, and LINGS303.
To complete Linguistics as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Linguistics, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include ARTSC105, LINGS201, LINGS302, LINGS303.
To complete a minor in Linguistics, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Linguistics major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, including LINGS201 or LINGS202.
It is recommended that students intending to take Linguistics as a major or a minor include a language skills paper in a language other than their first language in their programme of study. Such a paper would not count as a Linguistics paper for the purpose of the degree regulations.
Note: It is recommended that students intending to major in Linguistics include ARTSC105 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Ling) and GradDip(Ling)
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Ling) and GradDip(Ling)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Linguistics at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ARTSC105 Language in Context 18A (Hamilton) This paper introduces that branch of Linguistics which examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context. ARTSC110 Old Worlds - New Worlds 18A (Hamilton) This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds. ARTSC111 Social Science Theory and Action 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines. ENGLI113 English.Confidence 18B (Hamilton) This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This is a useful paper for all Arts students.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location LINGS201 Language Analysis 18A (Hamilton) This paper provides a detailed introduction to phonology and morphology. Students develop analytic skills and discuss theoretical issues related to language analysis. LINGS202 Exploring English: From Grammar to Discourse 18B (Hamilton) This paper presents a hands-on introduction to the grammar of English, paying special attention to the syntactic components involved, as well as their strong connection to discourse. LINGS203 Language, Society and Culture 18A (Hamilton) This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology. PHILO204 Wisdom, Language, and Communication 18A (Hamilton) Is language the seat of all knowledge and wisdom? The aim of this paper is to explore growing philosophical debate in epistemology and the philosophy of language. PSYCH203 Cognitive Psychology and Development 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location FASS396 Work Placement 18D (Block) This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field. FREN305 History and Variation of French 18B (Hamilton) This paper covers the history, phonology, morphology and syntax of French and includes advanced study of a French dialect or Creole. LING302 Language Typology 18A (Hamilton) The study of linguistic diversity, with an emphasis on the morphosyntactic analysis of lesser-known languages. Recently developed typological understandings will be introduced to examine data. LING304 Sociolinguistics 18B (Hamilton) The major methods and principles of sociolinguistic investigation. The study of accents and dialects; language variation; the relationship between language and education, language and sex; social codes; language attitudes. LING380 Special Topic 18B (Hamilton) Students are introduced to a sub-discipline of linguistics, and learn about its theoretical basis and research methodologies, as well as undertaking practical tasks in language analysis. LING390 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location LING800 Linguistics MPhil Thesis 18C (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location LING900 Linguistics PhD Thesis 18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton) No description available.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 March 2020 8:55am