Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Developmental Linguistics (LASC11127)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in conducting empirical research in developmental linguistics. The main focus will be on practical knowledge in using research methods, techniques and tools that can be applied to language developmental research in various populations including infants, children, adults and clinical groups. It also provides guidance on research management (such as recruitment, ethics and data management) as well as advanced research skills building up on those taught in Univariate Statistics & Methodology Using R.
The course is designed specifically for students in the MSc Programme in Developmental Linguistics, but it will be open to other students who have the pre-requisites.
Research planning and practices
o Planning and managing a project
o Ethics and informed consent
o Special populations (children, clinical groups)
o Data management
Data collection/analysis methods
o Spontaneous speech data: Corpus analysis and the use of CLAN
o Infant testing procedures: Visual fixation, habituation and preferential looking
o Elicited production
o Judgement tasks and the use of magnitude estimation
o Online experiments and the use of E-Prime
o Paper tasks: Questionnaires, standardized psychometric tests
o Neural methods: EEG and OT
o Data transfer: From raw data to statistical packages
o Recoding and restructuring data
o Data reduction and transformation
o Description of methodology
o Reporting the results
o Abstracts, proposals and articles
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Analysis and reporting of mock data (50%): 1,500 words (hard limit). Feedback: specific and global comments based on marking criteria, electronically marked on Learn.
Research proposal (50%): 1,500 words (hard limit). Feedback: specific and global comments based on marking criteria, electronically marked on Learn.
||Assessment 1 (data analysis): Students will be worked through examples of data analysis that are similar to the assessment. Students will practice building an experiment step-by-step and be given real-time feedback during this process.
Assessment 2 (proposal): Guidance will be provided during lectures. Examples of proposals will be shown to students and discussed with the lecturers to highlight good and poor practices.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- use major research methods in developmental linguistics, including corpus analysis, elicited production, comprehension tasks, judgment tasks, questionnaires and online measures, as well as relevant tools (e.g. CLAN, Psychopy)
- plan and carry out research project following the guiding principles of research management, including those related to research planning, participant recruitment, ethics procedures and data management
- gain further research skills in data processing/analysis (e.g., aggregation, restructuring, transformation) and reporting (e.g., data presentation, writing abstracts / proposals)
|Blom, E., & Unsworth, S. (2010). Experimental methods in language acquisition research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.|
Hoff, E. (2012). Research methods in child language: A practical guide. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Mackey, A. & Gass, S. M. (2012). Research methods in second language acquisition: A practical guide. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wei, L., & Moyer, M. G. (2008). The Blackwell guide to research methods in bilingualism and multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Data processing and quantitative analysis
|Keywords||research methodology,quantitative analysis,statistics,experimental design,language development
|Course organiser||Dr Vicky Chondrogianni
Tel: (0131 6)50 4020
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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