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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to methods used to study language in one (or more) particular subfield(s) of linguistics (e.g. quantitative and qualitative approaches, experimental approaches). Because methods in linguistics are inseparable from theoretical considerations, the unit also deals with the crucial theoretical proposals driving participant selection, data collection and data analysis and interpretation. The study of how best to investigate the relationship between linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of a particular phenomenon is critically examined when relevant. Students discuss macro- and micro-level linguistic approaches from a quantitative and/or a qualitative perspective.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically discuss the main issues in linguistics methods, with special reference to relevant sub fields; (2) demonstrate familiarity with the major linguistic data collection techniques as well as data organisation, analysis and presentation in one or more subfield(s) of linguistics research; (3) apply the acquired skills in a research project to show patterns and regularities in a body of data; and (4) produce a well-structured and original piece of linguistic research, using appropriate methods and writing conventions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research paper; (2) seminar participation; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Luisa Miceli
Unit rules
LING7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Linguistics)
Contact hours
Fortnightly 2-hour long seminars
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.