Linguistics

Are you curious about our most crucially human attribute, language? Does a subject which straddles the divide between arts and sciences appeal to you? Then the course in linguistics may be for you.

The main requirement for studying linguistics is a lively curiosity about the nature of language. It may be that you’ve been struck by a language that puts its verbs in a different position in the sentence; or wondered why languages change (making Chaucer hard to understand, for instance); or been puzzled that automatic speech recognition software gets a perfectly clear word wrong; or realised that an utterance such as ‘It’s cold in here’ may mean more than the words (understood: ‘Do close the window!’); or been excited to learn that languages as diverse as Welsh and Hindi have a common ancestor. Basically, if you’ve found yourself asking ‘Why?’ or ‘How?’ in relation to language, linguistics is for you.