Monash linguistics

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Linguistics is central to the study of languages. By studying linguistics, you will gain a deep, scientifically informed knowledge of how language is used and structured. The tools you’ll acquire naturally augment those of anthropology, psychology, law, computer science and other complementary disciplines.Previous Talking about time Linguist Dr Alice Gaby takes a look at ‘space-time mapping’ How accent bias affects our daily lives

Teaching Program

There are two key areas of study within the Monash Linguistics program:


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.

English as an International Language

English as an international language (EIL) offers you an informed and critical understanding of the many uses of English in today’s globalised world.

An innovative program, EIL will give you insight into the uses of different ‘Englishes’ from around the world and you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about teaching, learning and using English in a variety of cultural contexts.

In examining the different Englishes in the world, this major considers the implications of the global spread of the English language for intercultural communication.


Undergraduate studies

Master’s by coursework

Graduate Research

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics graduate research is part of the Arts Graduate Research Program.


Linguistics and Applied Linguistics within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics has a reputation for excellence in research, supervision and teaching (nationally and internationally), attracting students from all around the world.

Monash is the top-ranked university in Australia for research in linguistics and applied linguistics. In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Report (2012), we achieved a rating of ‘above world standard’ and were ranked 17th in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject (2014).

Areas of research and supervisory expertise: 

  • Austronesian languages and cultures (Indonesia and Oceania)
  • Cross-linguistic analysis of narratives
  • Cultural and linguistic aspects of interpreted medical discourse
  • Documentation and analysis of endangered and other under-described languages
  • Language variation and change
  • Migration, language minorities and language contact
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language and culture
  • Multilingualism and bilingualism
  • e-Learning
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Language policy, planning, and language teaching
  • Second language acquisition and use
  • Communication in professional contexts


Our staff undertake world-leading research and teaching in many areas of linguistics and applied linguistics. View all staff.

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