Linguistics and English Language
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It bridges the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences. The department has close ties with the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour and as such is a thriving research hub which attracts internationally renowned scholars. We offer qualifications at all levels including a new Master of Linguistics.
Are you curious about how the English language works, or about how it has changed over centuries? Or about how the use of English changes depending on social situations or communication mediums? Ever thought about how a person’s early experience of English shapes them? Or how and why New Zealand English differs from the language spoken in other English-speaking countries?
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The Corpus is housed at UC, and allows students to explore New Zealand English from the 1800s.
This UC-edited publication shares research on the varieties of English spoken in New Zealand.
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