If you're interested to learn how sounds, words, sentences, meaning and social cues work within language, then this course is for you.


Study linguistics at The University of Adelaide

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. As a linguistics student at The University of Adelaide, you will discover how the structure and diversity of languages have changed and evolved into how we communicate today. Additionally, becoming more aware of your use of language will assist you in your learning of other languages.

As a linguistics student you will:

  • Investigate how language works within the brain and in the mind
  • Explore the relationship between language and culture
  • Learn how to analyse and describe languages
  • Research the history of language
  • Study how languages, including one’s mother tongue, are acquired and learnt
  • Develop speech and dialog analysis skills.

As a University of Adelaide linguistics student you will have the advantage of learning in a course with additional focus on endangered languages and language revival. Our Linguistics Department has considerable expertise in Aboriginal languages and language revival to ensure their survival for future generations. As a University of Adelaide linguistics graduate you will have the opportunity to work in professional careers ranging from communications, language education and research.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several universities including the College of William & Mary, Essex, Gothenborg and Newcastle.  As a linguistics student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

Career path

  • Teaching
  • EAL teaching
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Public policy
  • Speech pathology
  • Research

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