What is Linguistics?
Linguistics is the
scientific study of language. In Linguistics we study very interesting topics:
Where does language come from? How is language structured? How do we store and
access language in our brains? How does a language change over time? How do we
use language in the real world? How do we understand one another? And many more ...
Our Department is uniquely positioned to
accommodate the needs of students who are interested in the theory and practice
of language. The Department of
Linguistics is the host department for the degree BA Language Practice. The
modules that form part of this degree are designed to teach skills such as editing,
translation, interpreting and research. Students in our BA Language Practice
degree programme are also exposed to modules in introductory linguistics,
cross-cultural communication, language awareness, sociolinguistics and
kinds of career opportunities are available?
Once qualified, students are ready to enter
the job market as translators, interpreters, language planners, copy writers, copy
editors, language teachers or language practitioners.
possible to study Linguistics at postgraduate level?
Yes. At postgraduate level, our honours and
master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics focus on Translation Studies, Text Editing
and Interpreting. We offer the following postgraduate degrees:
Honours in Applied
Linguistics (full-time or part-time)
Master’s in Applied
Doctorate in Applied
there any bursaries available for the BA Language Practice degree programme?
Again, yes. The Department of Linguistics, in
cooperation with the national Department of Arts and Culture, offers attractive
bursaries for students wishing to enrol for the BA degree programme in Language
Practice. In addition to registering for the two compulsory majors, Linguistics
and Language Practice, bursary holders must enrol for an indigenous language as
a third major. This bursary covers students’ full tuition fees as well text books
and printing costs.
can I contact the Department of Linguistics at UJ?
You are welcome to
phone Ms Trudie Strauss at +27 11 559 2694 or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
can I get an application form?
You can contact the
University of Johannesburg’s Enrolment Centre on +27 11 559 4555. Application
forms are also available on the UJ website: www.uj.ac.za.
when should I apply for the BA Language Practice degree programme?
must apply before 31 August. The closing date for other applications is 31
can I get more information about the bursary scheme?
You can visit the
website of the Faculty of Humanities at www.uj.ac.za/humanities
or the Department of Linguistcs at www.uj.ac.za/EN/Faculties/humanities/departments/linguistics.
There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the bursary on this