Guided Research in Linguistics - LL542

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR E Kapogianni







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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 5
Research Time: 45

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading:

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

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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

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