Linguistics is the study of the structure and function of language and the uses of language in communication, including written, spoken and cyber contexts. Linguistics explores how languages differ and what they all share, and provides the techniques and principles to be adopted in the analysis and description of any given language. In addition, the linguistic study of language and language use in socio-cultural contexts contributes to our understanding of identities, social and cultural organisation, multiculturalism and multilingualism, institutions and power, as well as the creative functions of language in texts and discourses. Knowledge of linguistics is also central to the study of languages.
Linguistics also offers students of anthropology, mathematics, philosophy, sociology, engineering, psychology, law, and computer science, useful insights into the nature of language in their particular area of interest. Examples of the practical applications of linguistics include communications within organisations, communications interfaces with electronic systems, the preparation of materials for language teaching, the documentation of endangered languages, the development of language policies in government and education, and in the areas of business, professional and technical communication, tourism, intercultural communication and speech therapy.
The school accepts suitably qualified candidates for research degrees in linguistics. Monash staff in the linguistics program have expertise in a number of areas including:
In addition, there is close collaboration with linguists in other programs within the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics who may have skills not represented within the linguistics program. Co-supervision can be arranged where it will be beneficial to a postgraduate student.
Refer also to the postgraduate area of study entries for applied linguistics, Chinese studies, English, English as an international language, French language, German studies, Hebrew, Hispanic studies, Indonesian language, interpreting and translation studies, Italian studies, Japanese language, Korean language, Slavic studies, Spanish and Latin American studies, Spanish language, translation studies, Ukrainian.
* By research.