Linguistics (2018)

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: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Linguistics papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Linguistics papers above 200 level.


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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (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.
    ENGLI113English.Confidence18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This can be a useful preparatory paper for language, linguistics and creative writing papers.
    LINGS131Describing LanguageThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LINGS201Language Analysis18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a detailed introduction to phonetics, phonology and morphology. Students develop analytic skills and discuss theoretical issues related to language analysis.
    LINGS202Exploring English: From Grammar to Discourse18B (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.
    LINGS203Language, Society and Culture18A (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.
    PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication18A (Hamilton)
    Someone says, ‘Zombies eat brains’. How does language and knowledge enable us to convey thoughts about non-existent things? This paper explores major debates in epistemology and the philosophy of language.
    PSYCH203Brain, Cognition, and Development18B (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.
  • 300 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 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.
    FREN305History and Variation of French18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the history, phonology, morphology and syntax of French and includes advanced study of a French dialect or Creole.
    LING302Language Typology18A (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.
    LING304Sociolinguistics18B (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.
    LING306An Introduction to Second Language Teaching18B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, students explore conceptual and practical perspectives to teaching second-language reading and writing, evaluate second-language reading and writing materials and examine approaches to writing assessment feedback.
    LING380Special Topic18B (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.
    LING390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 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.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LING800Linguistics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 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
    LING900Linguistics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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