Unraveling the World of Linguistics: A Week as a Language Enthusiast

by | Jan 17, 2024 | Languages and Cultures, Postgraduate | 0 comments

Unraveling the World of Linguistics: A Week as a Language Enthusiast 

Hi fellow language lovers! I’m Anqi. Welcome to my linguistic adventure! In this blog, I’ll take you through a typical week in the life of a linguistics student, sharing my favorite modules, and unique experiences, and addressing the concerns of international students. 

Diving into Linguistics: A Personal Odyssey 

Studying linguistics is akin to deciphering a code underlying all human communication. The subject delves into languages’ structure, meaning, and evolution, making each class an enchanting, linguistic adventure. From morphology to syntax, phonetics to semantics, each module offers a distinct perspective on language’s complexity. 

The module — Semantics and Pragmatics in Dr Hohaus ‘s class particularly captivates me as it offers insights into the subtle nuances of meaning and the context-driven nature of language use. It takes us beyond grammar and vocabulary, delving into how words convey meaning within specific contexts which is a crucial skill for appreciating the richness of communication. 

A Glimpse into a Linguistics students’ Week 

The week kicks off with foundational classes, where we dive into the intricacies of Phonetics and Phonology.  

Me and my Phonetics and Phonology poster

These sessions lay the foundation for understanding the fundamental structures and sound patterns that shape languages. As the week progresses, we shift towards practical application. Engaging in language analysis activities and group discussions, we bring theoretical concepts to life. It’s a hands-on approach that deepens our grasp of linguistic principles. 

The highlight of my week? Without a doubt, it’s Vera’s class on Semantics and Pragmatics. 

Vera’s teaching style helps transform complex topics into enthralling discussions, making Fridays the apex of our linguistic adventures. Among the plethora of modules, Vera’s class on Semantics and Pragmatics stands out. This class opens doors to a world brimming with linguistic marvels, unraveling the intricate dance of meaning in language. It’s an exploration that transcends the confines of grammar textbooks, offering exclusive insights. 

These exclusive modules, particularly Vera’s class, provide a depth of understanding that’s simply unmatched. It’s the kind of knowledge that ignites curiosity and passion, paving the way for a profound appreciation of the complexities of language. 

Navigating Linguistics as an International Student 

Now, let’s address the big elephant in the room—language proficiency. As a non-native English speaker, I was concerned about my language skills when I started this linguistic journey. However, the inclusive learning environment and the supportive faculty here have transformed this experience into something truly enriching. The diversity in linguistic backgrounds among students encourages collaboration, turning language learning into a shared journey of discovery. 

In the first semester, I realized studying linguistics isn’t just about sitting in a classroom; it’s like being on a rollercoaster ride, zooming through the heart of language. Each week brings a new adventure, a fresh chance to dive into the crazy and wonderful world of communication.  

So, if you’re considering a leap into linguistics, buckle up, my friend—it’s going to be one heck of a ride! 

Written by Anqi Huang, a Linguistics MA student