This course introduces the basic tools and methods used in experimental linguistic research. What is "good" research, and how can we answer our research questions? How do we access individuals' inherent knowledge of language? What is the difference between quantitative and qualitative research methods? What are online and offline research methods?
In particular, we will look at different kinds of experimental methods using human subjects in language research and what kinds of questions these methods are equipped to answer. Students will practice reading academic research articles critically. Additionally, students will receive hands-on practice in developing research questions, visit the department's LanguageLab and learn about the research conducted there, and work in small groups to present a research paper. The skills used in this course will be helpful not only for those looking into conducting their own research in the future but also for those students who want to read current research in the field of linguistics more critically and effectively.
By the end of the course, students will be able to express an understanding of how experimental language research is conducted, how to develop a sound research question, what types of tasks are commonly used to elicit data, what are the ethical limitations of such methods, how to find and approach research in a critical manner
Expected in-class and examination performance
active participation, class assignments, group presentation, written exam
This course is a basic/advanced seminar. Students should have a foundation knowledge of linguistics and be ready for reading academic papers.