School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit, the English Language Institute and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

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12 August 2014 Migrant report stuns linguists
Linguists in shock at government report on learning English over mother tongue. Read more
12 June 2014 ELTO students learn from human rights experts
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12 June 2014 Bringing English to the jungle
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What do you know about linguistics? The Quiz!

Ever wondered how babies learn language, why Kiwis speak differently to Aussies or Brits, or what Swahili, Mandarin and French have in common?
Take our quiz and then enter to win fun linguistics prizes (draw closes 31 October 2014, quiz works on Firefox or Chrome browsers, not IE9). Take the quiz.


Evan Hazenberg - PhD student

Gender is such a central aspect of our identities, but the mechanisms of 'doing' gender can be difficult to research. Read more about Evan.

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MA Summer Courses

Check out our MA summer courses, all with the options of face-to-face classes or distance study:  Curriculum Design, Language for Specific Purposes, Language Testing, Discourse Analysis, and Learner Autonomy & Learner Strategies.


Miriam Meyerhoff - Professor of Linguistics

My world is a beautiful Babel.
I started thinking about language variation when I moved to New Zealand at the age of six and I really wanted to sound "local". I love doing linguistic research – how we talk is about what’s in our heads and what's in our hearts. Read more about Miriam.

Changes to the BA major in Linguistics from 2015

From 2015 the linguistics major at Victoria is expanding. We now offer a three-year programme to offer you more opportunities to explore the study of language and language use. Find out more about the new courses and the change to major requirements.


Tali Brassington-Crow - BA student

I value the increased understanding gained through exchanging different communities' languages, ideas and customs, as it extends cross-cultural communication. Read more about Tali.