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Qualitative Methods in Linguistics


Admission requirement



This course provides an overview of qualitative methodologies in linguistics, focusing on case study, discourse analysis, questionnaire, interview, and integrated methods. Emphasis is placed on: 1) understanding how studies are designed to respond to specific questions, including how questions are derived from prior theory and research; and 2) how validity is assessed, including what counts as evidence and what makes data analysis systematic; 3) how quantitative and qualitative methods compare. To that end, students in the course will read theoretical and practical explanations of prominent qualitative methodologies; critically analyze research reports employing those same methodologies; write a qualitative research design for an original research project employing one or more of the methodologies; and share that research design in a concise oral presentation.

Course objectives

  • Understand the characteristics and purposes of prominent qualitative research methods

  • Critically analyze published qualitative research, focusing on threats to validity

  • Apply understandings of qualitative research methods in an original and valid research design

  • Convey a valid and appropriate qualitative research design in a concise oral presentation and written report


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

5 EC X 28 hours =140 hours in total

  • Seminar attendance: 12 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 36 hours

  • Independent research: 14 hours

  • Preparation of final paper: 48 hours

  • Preparation of oral presentation: 30

Assessment method

•• Seminar preparation (including attendance and participation): 30%

  • Paper: 40%

  • Oral presentation: 30%

The final grade consists of the weighted average of the above components.

Students who fail the course paper may resit the paper.

Exam review
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Brightspace will be used


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