Category Archives: What is Linguistics?

Do you know what a ‘dumbphone’ or a ‘flexitarian’ is?

A post in the Language in the news series. See more. New words are invented all the time – some catch on, and some don’t. We look at processes of word formation, and the reasons for the success of some … Continue reading

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Language and Linguistics in the media

Since everybody is interested in language, linguistics issues regularly appear in the media. This year, we’re going to comment on the linguistics issues that crop up in the news. Media coverage of linguistics topics is often based on the findings of research … Continue reading

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“The most annoying word of 2012”: Whatever.

A post in the Language in the News series. See more. This afternoon on a Canterbury radio station, the DJ was talking about a survey which has revealed “the most annoying words of 2012”. Well, it is that time of … Continue reading

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A year in linguistics: Graduate Jihyun Lee blogs about her studies in 2012

Jihyun Lee has recently graduated with a BA in Linguistics from UC, and will join our honours programme next year. As we approach the end of 2012, Jihyun blogs about her experiences so far. When I first decided to study … Continue reading

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Welcome to new PhD student Ksenia Gnevsheva

UC Linguistics recently welcomed Ksenia Gnevsheva to the department. Ksenia has just started work on her PhD research, under the supervision of Jen Hay and Kevin Watson. We asked her to introduce herself, and here’s what she says: I received … Continue reading

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Q: What do you do? A: Linguistics. Q: What’s that?  If you work in linguistics, what do you say when someone asks: What do you do? Romain Fiasson, PhD student in Linguistics, blogs about this very question. Phonetic variation Would … Continue reading

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LING102 becomes available in distance mode for STAR school students

LING102: From babies to adults: how our experience shapes our language In 2013, LING102 will get a lick of paint and a new name. It will be called: From babies to adults: how our experience shapes our language – see … Continue reading

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Linguistics at UC: a graduate’s view

Gina Scandrett, graduate from the UC Linguistics department and an Arts Intern in 2010, blogs about her degree and her new job. As a first year back in 2008, I started at Canterbury with no real clue about what I … Continue reading

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What is linguistics? A student’s view

What is linguistics? Mark Darbyshire, who has recently graduated from his undergraduate linguistics degree at UC and will start his honours programme next year, blogs his thoughts on the discipline. Language was my dream subject, but I decided to study … Continue reading

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What is linguistics?

What is linguistics? What does a linguist study? And what can you do with a linguistics degree? One of the first things humans do when we are born is make noise, and, after just a short period of time, our … Continue reading

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