Course Description




Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It involves the analysis of the structure, meaning, context, and function of utterances, writing, and other communicative systems. Its aim is to understand and explain the structure, use, and function of communication systems, as well as how we create, acquire, and shape them.

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of linguistics and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Syntax
  • Research Methods
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sociolinguistics


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • History of Ideas on Language
  • History of Chosen Language
  • Language Acquisition
  • Psychology of Language Processing and Learning
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics

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