About Language and linguistics

Knowledge of European languages and cultures opens up innumerable career opportunities in all areas. Understanding how Language, any language, works is essential not only in order to learn a language, but also in order to understand how languages are born, how they change and grow, and how and why some are abandoned and die. From writing dictionaries and describing the inner mechanisms or grammars of different languages to getting the big picture of language use in specific societies (including Australian Indigenous peoples) and making sense of language regulation and policy-making, the fields of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics can help you understand what human language is and how it works.