Linguistics is the systematic study of language in general. It investigates the structure and the function of language, the ways in which languages differ, and those properties which all languages share. As a result, it provides the tools for exploring any particular language, as well as for trying to explain numerous aspects of language use. Further, by comparing and contrasting individual languages, linguists have been able to make important discoveries which contribute to our understanding of the overall nature of the human mind.
Linguists investigate both spoken and written language. They examine data from the 21st century as well as from earlier historical periods. They study the informal usage of everyday people engaged in everyday conversations, as well as the careful, formal prose of published documents. All varieties of all languages are of interest to linguists since all follow certain tendencies and all exhibit characteristic patterns.
- Tuesdays, 11.00am-12:30pm Room E561, Building 11 (Menzies) Followed by lunch & coffee in the Staff Club (You can also bring your own food to the club). All welcome! 12 March Jonathon Lum & Isabelle Burke (Monash University)Annual honours prizes and presentations 26 MarchMike Balint (Monash University)The puzzle of mental representations in language use 10 AprilVictor Friedman (University of ... Read more
- PhD Top-up scholarship in Linguistics within cross-corpus DoBeS project on three-participant events Faculty/School: Faculty of Arts, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics Location: Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia Scholarship tenure: 3 years full time, beginning in 2013 Scholarship value: $6,750 per annum (conditions apply)Laptop & standard software up to a value of $1700 Closing Date: 31 ... Read more
- Tuesdays, 11.00am-1.00pm Room H10, Building 11 (Menzies) Followed by lunch & coffee in the Staff Club (You can also bring your own food to the club). All welcome! 7 August - Five-minute poster presentations on theses in progress Monash Linguistics Honours Students 21 August - Incorporation and applicatives in Murrinh-Patha Rachel Nordlinger (University of Melbourne) 30 August* - Quotatives Down Under: Be like in ... Read more
- Arriving in Australia in 1998 from Iran, Monash Professor Farzad Sharifian knows firsthand the trials and tribulations of international students, and the life-changing impact that a PhD scholarship can make. A member of the Monash family for 6 years, Professor Sharifian is the Director of The Language and Society Centre, Faculty of Arts at Monash. He ... Read more