LG113-4-SP-CO:
Understanding Data in Linguistics

The details
2022/23
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Sunday 15 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
15
26 January 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LG216, LG219, LG831

Key module for

BA QX31 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX51 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Placement Year),
BA QXH1 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ13 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ3D English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ23 English Language and Literature,
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ32 English Language and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ35 English Language and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q100 Linguistics,
BA Q101 Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ31 English Language and Sociology,
BA RQ93 Modern Languages and English Language,
BA RQ99 Modern Languages and English Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ91 Modern Languages and Linguistics,
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R8T8 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RX91 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP10 English Language with Media Communication,
BA QP11 English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year),
BA QP13 English Language with Media Communication (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q120 Linguistics with Data Science,
BA Q121 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q122 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Placement Year),
BA Q123 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Year Abroad),
BA R114 Language Studies and Linguistics,
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R116 Language Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
BA R117 Language Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module aims to introduce students to the empirical foundations of linguistics. When we have a question about language - its structure, function, use - how do we go about answering it? We will explore methods for gathering data, from interviews and questionnaires, to documentary fieldwork, corpora and controlled experiments, and the suitability of each method to different types of questions. Practical and ethical aspects of working with language data will also be considered.

Module aims

This module will equip students with the skills to understand cutting edge research being carried out in the field of linguistics, as well as to begin to identify and develop their own research interests.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:
• Identify research questions related to linguistics
• Identify and understand different types of data
• Understand a range of methodologies used to carry out research in linguistics
• Understand the life cycle of a research project

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The 10 x two-hour sessions. These two-hour sessions will combine discussion and practical tasks.

Bibliography

  • Austin, P. (2010b) 'Current issues in language documentation', Language Documentation and Description, 7, pp. 12–33. Available at: http://www.elpublishing.org/docs/1/07/ldd07_02.pdf.
  • Chelliah, S.L. (2001b) 'The role of text collection and elicitation in linguistic fieldwork', in P. Newman and M. Ratliff (eds) Linguistic Fieldwork. Cambridge University Press, pp. 152–165. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511810206.008.
  • Phelan, M. and Dawson, H. (eds) (2016) Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 12th edn. Columbus, US: Ohio State University Press.
  • 'Endangered languages: why it matters | Mandana Seyfeddinipur | TEDxLSHTM - YouTube' (no date). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7HZOsQYx_U&t=17s.
  • Beavers and Sells (2013) 'Constructing and supporting a linguistic analysis', in R. Podesva (ed.) Research methods in linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 397–421.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1  10/02/2023  40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  20/04/2023  60% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Rebecca Clift, email: rclift@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Hannah Gibson, email: h.gibson@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Yuni Kim, Dr Connor Youngberg, Renato Pavlekovic, Ehsan Solaimani Dahanesari
Rebecca Clift - rclift@essex.ac.uk, 4.332. Hannah Gibson - h.gibson@essex.ac.uk, 4.317

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Ms Irena Kuzborska
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 8 hours, 8 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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