Quantitative Research Methods - LING8300

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Christina Kim checkmark-circle


This module is an introduction to quantitative research methods in linguistics, with the aim of familiarising students with the main methodologies by analysis of relevant studies from the literature and hands-on experience with study design. Key topics will include: hypothesis formation; experimental design; paradigms for quantitative linguistic research; data analysis and interpretation.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Problem Set – 30%
• Abstract (500 words) – 15%
• Research Proposal (2,000 words) – 40%
• Presentation of Research Proposal (15 minutes) – 15%

Reassessment methods
• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Gravetter, F. & Lori-Ann Forzano. (2011). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. Cengage Learning, 4th edition.
Harris, P. (2008). Designing and Reporting Experiments in Psychology. Open University Press.
Johnson, K. (2008). Quantitative Methods in Linguistics. Blackwell Publishing.
Litosseliti, L. (2009). Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Meltzoff, J. (2010). Critical Thinking about Research: Psychology and Related Fields. American Psychological Association.
Rasinger, S.M. (2008). Quantitative Research in Linguistics. London: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Knowledge and critical understanding of hypothesis formation and the ability to choose an appropriate experimental design for a research question;
2 Knowledge of the main methods of quantitative enquiry within linguistics, including an ability to describe and evaluate research that employs such methods;
3 The ability to design, conduct and report on research using quantitative methodologies;
4 The ability to assess the validity and reliability of findings in current articles using quantitative methodologies;
5 Understanding of ethical considerations which need addressing prior to the undertaking of any experimental procedure.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate the results of study and work accurately, with well-structured and coherent arguments in an effective and fluent manner both orally and in writing;
2 Demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively with others, exercising personal responsibility and sensitivity.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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