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Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad 2017

Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad will be held at UWA on 29 March 2017.

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Linguistics is the study of the nature of human language and is concerned with what all languages have in common as well as how individual languages differ from one another. It involves the study of how languages are structured, how they are learned, how they change through time and how they are used in different cultures and societies.

Courses and careers


The linguistics major may be studied as part of any degree and can lead to careers in: 

  • language teaching
  • journalism and broadcasting
  • translation and interpreting
  • Aboriginal education and advisory work
  • the computer software industry.

Linguistics has no prerequisites. What is most important is to have a curiosity about languages and language.


Postgraduate study opens the way to more specialised positions including:

  • speech technology
  • natural language understanding
  • artificial intelligence.

Broadening unit for non-Arts students

LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World
This is a unit for anyone who is learning a second language, or thinking of learning one, or just interested in the role that the many languages we speak play in the world. We live in a multicultural and multilingual world and the opportunities in the global community depend on communication between people of different languages and cultures. Studying this broadening unit will give you the skills to navigate these cross cultural multilingual environments. More details about LING1901 can be found in the UWA Handbook.

For more information about courses between linguistics and other subjects, contact the Discipline Chair, Professor Marie-Eve Ritz.


Linguists study how languages are structured, how they are learned and used, and how languages change through time.

Linguistic research builds theories of language structure and about how language is learned. It looks at the role of language in social life and tries to reconstruct the history of languages.

Our staff and students have worked in the Pacific Islands and in Aboriginal Australia, producing, among other work, grammatical descriptions and dictionaries.