SEL2229 : Conceptual and Empirical Issues in Linguistic Research
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Poole
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||40||1:00||40:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||70||1:00||70:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||54||1:00||54:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures present the module content.
The workshops in any given week examine one of more particular aspects of that week's lectures in detail, either with respect to the theoretical or practical material.
The drop-in/surgery sessions are for student consultation on the mid-semester and final assessments.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||60||2500 word essay on pre-Easter material|
|Essay||2||A||40||1500 word research methods critique/proposal|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The end of semester essay enables the students to demonstrate their engagement with the subjects presented during the course of the module.
The mid-semester assessment covers the more general philosophical and methodological issues, while the end-of-semester assessments tests the student's practical understanding of the general issues and ability to apply them to a specific context.