Guided Research in Linguistics - LING5420

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Jeremy Scott checkmark-circle


In this module students will be given the opportunity to gain experience in guided research, contributing to projects run by members of ELL staff, under their supervision. The research project will normally be relevant to a module that the student has taken or is currently taking.

At the beginning of the term, students will meet with the module convenor, who will recommend a project that is suitable to their interests. The assigned work may be affiliated to an on-going departmental research project documenting linguistic varieties. Alternatively, other guided research opportunities may be offered by members of staff carrying out investigations within their individual research interests.

During the course of this module, students will have to complete research tasks set by their supervisor. Students will meet with the supervisor at agreed intervals, in order to set a timetable for the completion of each task. Through these meetings, they will also receive advice and feedback on the progress of their research. Students will keep a log on the research process, which will be monitored by the supervisor. After having successfully completed the set research tasks, students will also write a report on the conducted research, demonstrating both their general understanding of the research process and their specific understanding of the project and the area of linguistic analysis that it belongs to.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 5
Research Time: 45
Private Study Hours: 100
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Research Log (6 entries, 200-300 words each) - 35%
• Research Report (1,500 words) – 65%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

To be determined by the supervisor in light of the specific research project to which the student will be contributing.

Reference books:

Field, A. and Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. London: SAGE.
Podesva, R. and Sharma, D. (2013). Research Methods in Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate knowledge of the stages of research planning, design, and implementation within an area of linguistics.
2 Develop practical research skills, relevant to the collection, handling, and/or analysis of linguistic data.
3 Deepen their knowledge of the specific levels of linguistic analysis that are relevant to the research they have undertaken.
4 Develop awareness of the ethical considerations and procedures that are involved in linguistic research.

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

1 Report on the research process accurately, in a concise and fluent manner.
2 Follow research protocols in a responsible and reliable manner.
3 Develop problem-solving skills through exposure to the process and step-by-step requirements of a research project.
4 Collaborate and communicate effectively with other researchers and research participants.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  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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