Introduction

Questions about language

Why do people talk the way they do? What is the relationship between language and society? How do people learn a language and what do you do if you lose it? How different can languages be and what features are common to all languages? What goes on in the brain and the body when we receive and send linguistic expressions? How many languages are there in the world? And how are some of these languages related?

As a student at the Department of Linguistics, you learn about all aspects of language and its use. You learn about language structure, grammar, pronunciation and the relationship between different languages. You also learn about differences within a language, about learning a language, the use of language in conversation and the importance of language for humans.

In brief – you deal with all aspects of language, without dealing with one particular language.

Linguistics

In one year of studying the supplementary subject in linguistics, you gain thorough insight into language as a system and language as a means of communication. Linguistics is an internationally oriented subject that is also closely linked to Danish reality and the Danish labour market. This is reflected in the way the supplementary subject is taught, as some subjects are taught in English and you often work with language topics that are relevant to society and the business community.

The supplementary subject is divided into two lines – A and B – with different language perspectives:

Line A, the interdisciplinary perspective

Line A has an interdisciplinary perspective, as most of the subjects examine the relationship between language and the conditions that govern the use of the language. In this line, you not only get an introduction to linguistics as a subject, but also work with the relationships between language and society, language and culture, language and communication, and language and the brain. Other important subjects in this line are language contact, text analysis and conversation analysis.

Line B, the structural perspective

Line B is particularly suitable for students who want to make an in-depth study of language as a system. In addition to an introduction to the subject, you have an opportunity for a more detailed study of grammar (morphology and syntax), the sound structures of language (phonetics and phonology) and language theories. These theories look at topics such as what features all languages in the world have in common, and they endeavour to find general explanations for why this is so. Languages from all over the world are included.

Admission to the Master’s degree in linguistics

The supplementary subject in linguistics, combined with two years of completed basic studies, qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in linguistics.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Structure bachelor

Student life

The academic environment

Linguistics teaching is a combination of presentations by teachers and students, exercises, seminars, assignments and projects. The contributions by teachers normally consist of going through one or more topics, but in most teaching sessions, students regularly contribute with presentations about selected topics or issues. The teaching takes place in both Danish and English.

The social environment

Linguistics is a study of “medium” size with approximately 100 students, which creates a special study environment. As a result, all the students know each other, which in turn creates a close academic and social environment encompassing all years of enrolment. At the same time, the discipline is large enough to enable Friday bars, film evenings, guest lectures, celebrations and reading groups.

Lingoland

Lingoland is a venue for linguistics students. This venue is not only used by reading groups for study-related discussions but also for students who want to sit and read or relax. This is therefore the place to meet your fellow students and take a break from your daily routines.

Career

Job profile

A supplementary subject in linguistics strengthens your academic profile with skills in the following areas:

  • Teaching and language learning.
  • Language and communication: information and project officers within internal and external communication make great use of language comprehension.
  • Language technology, i.e. development of IT language systems such as speech synthesis, speech understanding, dictionaries, grammar correction programs, IT-based language teaching, dialogue systems.
  • Integration of bilingual residents: many linguists work in municipalities and other organisations with bilingual children and young people, and in the development of lessons in Danish as a second language.
  • Consultancy.

Competence profile

The supplementary subject in linguistics provides you with the following skills:

  • You develop your ability to identify, assess and solve all sorts of language issues.
  • You strengthen your ability to rapidly learn new languages and other complex systems.
  • You learn to give advice regarding the solving of linguistic tasks.
  • You strengthen your ability to work in interdisciplinary contexts and to collaborate with other professionals.