As the scientific study of language, linguistics is centrally concerned with characterising the knowledge that language users employ in producing and understanding utterances. Linguists try to establish what types of structures are shared by different languages and the extent to which languages may differ from each other.
The Department of Linguistics provides programmes at all levels: BA programmes, MA programmes, and a training programme for PhD-level research. The structure of our programmes is driven by our belief that it is essential that classes at all levels convey a sense of what the discipline is currently trying to explain, and the importance and excitement of such debates. Teaching is by means of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, small group tutorials, and practical classes. For PhD students, there is a full training programme in research techniques, with additional optional courses in techniques of linguistic analysis and fieldwork.