This course will introduce you to the study of the unique human faculty of language and to the investigation of the world's languages. You will explore a number of fascinating topics such as the ways in which dialects differ, how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, differences between the speech of men and women, how we communicate as individuals and within groups, and what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact.
You will discover how language can be used to shape and manipulate ideas and opinions, looking in detail at how language and thought interact in fields such as politics and advertising. In addition, you will practise key transferable skills, such as essay writing and how to give a presentation.
Students also study a range of subjects on society, culture, religion, identity and diversity, and they are introduced to methods and topics in anthropological research.
You will be able to apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus or the Worldwide Exchange scheme.
- BA (Hons) Linguistics is taught in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, where there is a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches.
- We have expertise in, as well as course units devoted to, a wide range of languages and language families including the Romance languages, the Germanic languages, languages of the Near East (e.g. Arabic and Hebrew), Iranian languages, the indigenous languages of Australia, Central and South America (e.g. Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru), languages of South Asia (e.g. Nepal, India and Tibet), and Romani.
- Particular strengths in the discipline include the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), endangered languages and field linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (especially Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar), typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics (especially English, Romance and Germanic), semantics and pragmatics, corpus and child language acquisition.
- Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language, with a range of lively activity. See the following link for recent news around the department: https://manling.wordpress.com/
- Social Anthropology participates in the Socrates/Erasmus student-exchange course with 27 other social anthropology departments throughout the European Union. You will have the opportunity to spend part or all of your second year in one of these universities. The department also has links with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) course.
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For a great student experience Manchester is the place to be, the main student halls only a ten minute magic bus ride from uni, be out of bed and in lectures within half an hour (great after a night out!) With the biggest students union in the UK there is always something to do, try out a 'Why Not Wednesday?' or join a society, there's more than 400 to choose from, including Quidditch! The city centre has all sorts of surprises, loads of opportunity for shopping, sightseeing and eating out. The Northern Quarter is somewhere to be explored for newcomers will a whole host of quirky bars, pubs and restaurants. The city centre is again only a 20 minute magic bus ride from halls. Manchester is is where you want to be!
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Out of 10, I would rate my university experience a 7. The university itself and the nightlife is brilliant, but the move from home is still quite tough to adapt to! The weather is also gloomy 80% of the year, but you get used to it.
by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
I love being a student at the University of Manchester. My timetables are great and you get a lot of flexibility when choosing your course units, so you can create a timetable that suits you. However, there is barely any contact time with your lecturer or tutor which is a lot different than college and school, you are basically left to do EVERYTHING on your own, but I enjoy the challenge.
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