Major in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Second Major in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Minor in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
The Minor in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies is open to all students in NTU.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. At the most fundamental level, linguistics is concerned with the description of the many systems that make up language; such as the sound system, the system by which sentences are structured and the meaning system. It is also concerned with explaining how languages work both at the psychological and sociological levels. One of the main goals of linguistics is discovering universal principles governing languages and explaining the differences found. It shares common ground with social sciences such as psychology, anthropology, sociology and archaeology. It may also influence other disciplines such as English, communication studies and computer science.
The objective of the Minor programme in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies is to provide students with a general grounding in core areas of linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, morpho-syntax and semantics. It will also expose students to current debates in key areas of linguistic applications in various disciplines. As language is a critical activity in all human interactions, students will find that a minor in Linguistics will enable them to perceive areas in their specialisation in a new light. A Linguistic Minor complements other disciplines in HSS such as English, Psychology, Sociology, and Language Studies in general. It will also complement Computer Engineering and be of significance to engineering students who are interested in engineering topics related to human language, for example, artificial intelligence, machine translation, speech recognition.
To satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, students must complete at least five courses with at least 15 AUs, including the two required courses
HG1001 Fundamentals of Linguistics (A): Mind and Meaning
HG1002 Fundamentals of Linguistics (B): Structure and System
and any three electives. Subject to approval, students can also replace a maximum of 4AUs from a language related course in HSS (e.g. HS212 Sociology of Language, HP207 Psychology and Language, HC250 Chinese Lexicology).
The required introductory courses will help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the field of Linguistics. The electives provide opportunities for students to master expertise in specific areas where linguistic knowledge can be applied.