The human capacity for language is at the heart of the study of linguistics. The field encompasses the nature of different languages and the nature of language as a cognitive and social phenomenon. It asks questions such as: How do we communicate? In what ways are languages different and similar? How do we learn language?
You will focus on the nature and structure of language, as well as how to apply this knowledge in areas such as first and second language acquisition, communication within and across cultures, translation, forensic linguistics, language variation, language assessment, language policy and dictionary-making. You may also undertake guided research in a topic in Australian Indigenous languages.
The breadth of study areas is greater than typical Master programs in the field, with a range of subjects on offer across applied, theoretical and descriptive linguistics. This allows you to explore the discipline, match your program to your interests, and even incorporate your own language learning.