University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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The Department of Linguistics offers coursework degrees in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics. For further information please refer to the cousework entry for Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics.


The Department of Linguistics is a diverse and research-active department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with highly qualified staff drawing on extensive research backgrounds. Our research interests are international, interdisciplinary, and wide-ranging, covering everything from cross-cultural communication to social functions of language to technical aspects of grammar, from relations between language and mind to the role of language in media and education. Linguistics is relevant in many research contexts and in many disciplines including anthropology, education, media studies, psychology, and sociology. Linguistics also has many practical applications such as language teaching, general education, journalism, marketing, public relations, and computer science. Our Department has expertise in numerous theories and methods of language and communication research.

Departmental staff are involved in major research projects, tackling subjects as diverse as anthropological linguistics, field linguistics in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, language use in television series, news discourse, language and evaluation, genre relations, literacy, semantics, multimodality, classroom discourse, youth justice conferencing, and World Englishes.
Research students will join a vibrant community of researchers. The department holds regular research seminars attended by staff and leading figures in the discipline from other institutions, and organises an international conference every year (Free Linguistics Conference). Postgraduate research seminars allow students to interact with their peers and gain useful feedback as well as skills such as conference and research presentations.

The department is also affiliated with the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Archives (PARADISEC, based at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music), a facility for the digital conservation of endangered materials from the Pacific region, defined broadly to include Oceania and East and Southeast Asia.

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the ‘Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission’, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses:

Master of Arts (Research)
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy


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Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Gwendolyn Hyslop
Phone: +61 2 9351 3655