Linguistics is the science of language. Contrary to a more limited scope of Philology, Linguistics deals with an entire spectrum of highly sophisticated and irresistibly attractive issues:
How do we acquire and master a language? How did it happen that we all speak different languages? Why is there no universal language instead, and no universal grammar (sometimes even within one language)? How does the magic of transfusion of our emotions into words works? How can several different languages live within one head? And how, even if we speak different languages, can we understand one another?
At the Department of Linguistics, we think about theory as well as practice. We offer Bachelor of Linguistics Programme with two study profiles: Translation/Interpretation and Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages. Both profiles are available on full-time and part-time basis.
To enhance our usual curriculum we introduced several projects:
Monthly sessions of Café Europa help our students to develop their linguistic and broader communication skills and promote awareness of other cultures, sometimes bringing the notion of Difference subversively close to a critical point.
The Translation Bureau brings online the English version of the Institute's web-site. It also serves as a practice field (and occasionally a playground) for our students where their activity is supervised by the professors of the Department.
Areal and Social Varieties of English is a study course and at the same time a research project of the Department of Linguistics designed to increase our knowledge of different variations of English and their role in language acquisition and instruction.
Our regular seminar in language and country studies, A Cup of Language with a Drop of History, is a semi-historical, semi-linguistic workshop where language and history are considered to be mutually interdependent and co-influential.
Finally, The Centre for International Communications was established in close cooperation with the Faculty of Linguistics to support and co-organise Institute's research, educational and cultural activity in the field of international cooperation, facilitating, inter alia, the implementation of student exchange and academic mobility programmes.