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Module

SEL2229 : Experimental Methods in Linguistics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christine Cuskley
  • Lecturer: Dr Geoffrey Poole
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course provides a broad overview of the foundational issues with respect to experimental methodology in linguistics. Lectures will cover theoretical and philosophical considerations, methodological approaches and issues, and tools used in data collection. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate experimental research in linguistics, from both philosophical and methodological points of view. Alongside this, students will learn the basic skills necessary for carrying out their own experimental research project, including experimental design, data wrangling, and statistical analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

The pre-Easter period will focus on more general philosophical and methodological issues that arise in the course of research in linguistics. Topics will include: realism in science, the scientific method, the I-language/E-language distinction, language vs. language use, computational approaches to language and linguistic research, null hypothesis testing, experimental data collection methods in linguistics, tools for collecting experimental data (online and in-lab).

The post-Easter period will focus on preparing the students to undertake either a structured critique of the methods of a specific existing paper or a detailed methods section for a hypothetical study.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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