This course will introduce you to the study of the unique human faculty of language and to the investigation of the world's languages. You will explore a number of fascinating topics such as the ways in which dialects differ, how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, differences between the speech of men and women, how we communicate as individuals and within groups, and what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact. You will also discover how language can be used to shape and manipulate ideas and opinions, looking in detail at how language and thought interact in fields such as politics and advertising. In addition, you will practise key transferable skills, such as essay writing and how to give a presentation. The programme gives students a thorough grounding in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world as well as the opportunity to learn Catalan. Alongside their study of Spanish language, students explore a range of options in visual culture (including film), area-specific history, linguistics and literature. Year 3 is spent in a Spanish-speaking country (on university exchange, work placement, or teaching as an English assistant). Special features Linguistics BA (Hons) Linguistics is taught in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, where there is a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches. We have expertise in, as well as course units devoted to, a wide range of languages and language families including the Romance languages, the Germanic languages, languages of the Near East (e.g. Arabic and Hebrew), Iranian languages, the indigenous languages of Australia, Central and South America (e.g. Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru), languages of South Asia (e.g. Nepal, India and Tibet), and Romani. Particular strengths in the discipline include the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), endangered languages and field linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (especially Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar), typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics (especially English, Romance and Germanic), semantics and pragmatics, corpus and child language acquisition. Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language, with a range of lively activity. See the following link for recent news around the department: https://manling.wordpress.com/ Spanish The breadth of expertise among staff across Spanish and Latin American Studies means an unusually rich and broad curriculum. 80% of staff are first-language Spanish-speakers. Language courses taught by native speakers with specific training.