Lucy Fellow promoted to Professor in Language Acquisition and Cognition
Dr Henriette Hendriks is Fellow and Vice-President at Lucy Cavendish College
Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. Superficially, there’s huge variation among the world’s languages, and linguists not only describe the diverse characteristics of individual languages but also explore properties which all languages share and which offer insight into the human mind. The study of linguistics draws on methods and knowledge from a wide range of disciplines. For instance, the study of meaning draws on philosophy, the analysis of the speech signal uses methods from physics and engineering, and the study of language acquisition draws on psychology. Whilst the course does provide good preparation for vocational training in fields such as speech therapy, language technology, translation, interpreting and forensic linguistics, the skills developed in the course are transferrable and graduates go on to pursue a variety of careers.
In Part I of the degree students take four papers: Sounds and Words; Structures and Meanings; Language, Brain and Society; and History and Varieties of English.
In second year, students choose four papers (details on available papers can be found on the department website).
In final year, students complete three papers consisting of Linguistic Theory, and another two optional papers. Alongside this, students also complete a dissertation.
Typical offers require
For other qualifications see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.
Highly recommended: English (Literature or Language), Mathematics, a language
Highly recommended: English (Literature or Language and Literature), Mathematics, a language
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In a few subjects, you will be interviewed by more than one College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview invitation.
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