Linguistics is fundamentally about the scientific study of language.

Language is unique to humans, and is one of the most complex forms of communication around. It is reflected in almost everything that we do, and is one of the key things that separates us from animals.

The course is comprehensive in its scope and will give you a good understanding of the grammar, sound, and meaning systems of various languages. It is and designed to introduce students to the way we structure words, and how language is used to covey meanings, reinforce identities, and build relationships. Some of the basic issues covered in the course include the system of human communication, the formation of words, the limitations of language, and how languages change. Students will look at the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of how language is learnt, acquired, used, and how it may be impaired or improved.

Online linguistics degree overview

It is a subject where new findings are constantly being made and boundaries continuously being pushed.

An online degree course is an affordable and generally accepted way to study this complex and fascinating subject. Course content is delivered in a high-tech format, and through an online environment. As web based learner you will undertake projects in sound, grammar, and explore the benefits of language as a means of communication.

Teaching is delivered through a virtual learning environment, which will include online classes, course material, workshops, discussions and other activities. Students will have access to extensive online resources, including specialist web based libraries. Tutors will help you assess where your own strengths and interests lie. They will then be there to assist you develop a focused and sustained course of study in those subject areas of greatest interest to you.

Typical modules and subjects that can be taught on an online linguistics degree

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • European Languages
  • Foreign Languages
  • General Linguistics
  • Language and Culture
  • Language Development
  • language Acquisition
  • Language Meaning
  • Language Processing
  • Language Standards and Dialects
  • Language Variation
  • Lexicography
  • Linguistics of Sign Languages
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Oral Skills
  • Philology
  • Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Pronunciation
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sentence Structure
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech sciences
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • The Structure of Language
  • Theoretical Linguistics

Students will learn how to

  • Resolve ambiguity through language.
  • Learn new things in different ways.
  • Turn research findings and turn raw data into reports and essays.

Students will learn about

  • How language is taught and learnt.
  • The structure of language.
  • How language works in different societies.
  • How grammar and language is organised.
  • The history and evolution of language.
  • How words relate to thoughts.
  • What all human languages have in common.
  • Why languages change over time.

Career prospects and roles for linguistics graduates
This subject can be an ideal background for careers such Copywriters, Language teachers, Proof readers, Speech therapists, and in areas such as;

  • Audiology
  • Journalism
  • lexicography (dictionary-building)
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Translation and interpretation

About this page
This is a resource page that will give you useful information about what you can expect to learn on an accredited online linguistics degree course. It also lists links to a selection of popular and relevant online degrees that are run by established US universities. We have focused on North America because at present most English language online courses are run by academic institutions based in the United States of America. Through the links on this page you will find out about the:
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