OverviewThis course 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.
This module appears in:
Total contact hours: 20
Method of assessment
Problem set - 30%;
Abstract (500 words) - 15%;
Research proposal (2000 words) - 40%;
Presentation of research proposal (15 minutes) - 15%
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.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of hypothesis formation and the ability to choose an appropriate experimental design for a research question;
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of quantitative enquiry within linguistics, including an ability to describe and evaluate research that employs such methods;
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to design, conduct and report on research using quantitative methodologies;
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to assess the validity and reliability of findings in current articles using quantitative methodologies;
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical considerations which need addressing prior to the undertaking of any experimental procedure.