LING4103 Methods in Linguistics Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Linguistics [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Luisa Miceli
Unit rules
LING7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Linguistics)
Contact hours
Fortnightly 2-hour long seminars
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