Approximately 25% of the world’s languages are spoken in the Pacific region, by less than 1% of the world’s population! Papua New Guinea has more languages than any other country in the world, while Vanuatu can boast the highest number of languages per person. USP is an exciting place to study linguistics, and the logical choice for Pacific linguistics.
Study Linguistics at the heart of the world’s most multilingual region
You can study Linguistics as part of an undergraduate degree in:
• Pacific Language Studies
• Literature and Language
• BAGCED / BEd with a teaching subject in Literature and Language
Linguistics courses are also available as electives to students in other programmes.
At postgraduate level, you can pursue a:
• Postgraduate diploma in Linguistics
• Postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics & ELT
• MA in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics
• PhD in Linguistics
Linguistics graduates go on to work in fields that include language teaching, journalism, translation, editing, marketing, policy and planning, business, tourism, and research.
Courses in Linguistics
LL118 The languages of the Pacific
LL122 Introduction to language studies
LL211 The structure of English
LL216 Language use in the 21st century Pacific
LL311 English in the Pacific
LL317 Applied linguistics
LL319 Selected topics in linguistics
AL400 Research methods (for linguistics)
LL416 Language acquisition and multilingualism
LL418 Integrating the four skills in English
LL419 Technologies, texts and techniques for English language teaching
LL426 Advanced language analysis
LL118, LL122, LL211, LL216, LL311, LL317, with LL319 as an elective
BA Pacific Language Studies
Core courses: LL118, LL216, LL317
Plus one of the following Language tracks:
Fijian: LL161, LL162, LL261, LL262, LL362
Hindi: LL171, LL172, LL271, LL272, LL372
French: LL122, LL141, LL241, LL341, LL342
Chinese: LL122, LL181, LL281, LL381, LL382
Languages of the region: Two from LL166, LL176, LL141, LL181, plus three from a list of option courses
BA Literature and Language
LL118, LL211, LL216, LL317 plus 4 Literature courses (please see the handbook for details)
BAGCED / BEd with a teaching subject in Literature and Language
LL118, LL122, LL211, LL311 plus 4 Literature courses (please see the handbook for details)
Postgraduate diploma in Linguistics
AL400, LL413, LL416, LL426
Postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics & ELT
LL416, LL418, LL419, LL426
EITHER: thesis only
OR: a supervised research project, plus two further 400-level courses, which may come from Pacific Studies, Applied Linguistics, or another appropriate discipline as approved by your supervisor
MA Applied Linguistics
EITHER: thesis only (AL400 is a pre-requisite before starting this programme)
OR: a supervised research project, plus AL400 and LL413
Mereseini Tuivuniwai graduated in 2005 with a BA in Literature & Language and Management & Public Administration. She has since travelled the world working as Communications Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
Priestley Habru graduated in 2002 with a BA in Journalism and Literature & Language. He is currently the owner and editor of the Island Sun newspaper in the Solomon Islands.
Sheena Mala graduated in 2010 with a BA in Literature/Language and Education. She now puts her degree into practice as a senior English teacher on her home island of Ambae, Vanuatu, where she is also studying towards a postgraduate diploma in Linguistics.
Wilfred Fimone was a gold medallist in Linguistics in 2014. He progressed straight onto a PG Diploma in Linguistics and is currently pursuing a Masters, focusing on his own language, Rotuman.