Macquarie University Department of Linguistics

12 March 2014

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is one of the largest and most diverse linguistics departments in Australia, and possibly one of the largest and most diverse departments internationally. The department hosts various research centres, clinical groups, and other research groups, which collaboratively foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary teaching and research environment. Teaching and research within the department extends across five distinct, yet interrelated, disciplinary areas:

The department is particularly proud to be home to a Macquarie University Research Centre, the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS). Alongside the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS), CLaS has members in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders. The Centre of Excellence is funded for 7 years from 2011, and is directed by Professor Stephen Crain. There are several other active research centres within the department, including the Centre for Language in Social Life (CLSL), the Applied Linguistics and Language in Education Research Centre (ALLERC) and the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Research (CTIR), which includes sign language interpreting. The department prides itself on being the world’s leading institution for research in Auslan, the Australian sign language.
A leading audiology section in the department has been crucial in ensuring Macquarie University’s central involvement as one of five core parties in the HEARing Co-operative Research Centre (CRC). Our two clinics, an audiology clinic and a speech and language pathology clinic, provide services to the community as well as placement opportunities for students.

Macquarie Audiology School

The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Macquarie Speech Pathology School

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) at Macquarie University began in 2001. It prepares graduates for the profession of speech pathology, enabling them to work clinically with individuals with developmental or acquired communication disorders. The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as speech pathologists in two years and obtain a master’s degree.

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