This course provides a broad 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. To that end, students in the course will read explanations of prominent qualitative methodologies; critically analyze research reports employing those same methodologies; write a qualitative research design for an original research project; and share that research design in an oral presentation.
Understand and apply qualitative research methodologies
Critically analyze qualitative research for threats to validity
Convey an original and valid qualitative research design in writing and speech
The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website
Mode of instruction
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
Seminar preparation: 30%
Course 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.
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.
Blackboard will be used for:
Submission of assignments
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.
The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk