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Topics in Linguistics D: Methods in Sociolinguistics

Course
2020-2021

Admission requirements

None

Description

This course will discuss the main methods for collecting language use data from a variety of populations and in a range of social contexts. Methods introduced include surveys, questionnaires, DCTs, interviews, role-plays, match-guise, and citizen sociolinguistics. Emphasis will be on the choice of materials, naturalness of tasks, operationalization of variables and impact of investigator identity. Mixed methods as well as research ethics will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to design a small-scale study and receive feedback on it in class. Readings will include journal articles ranging from classics to the latest developments in the field.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you will be familiar with

  • the most widely used data collection methods used in sociolinguistics

  • how to select a methodology to answer particular questions of sociolinguistic interest

  • how to design a sociolinguistic study

  • how to assess the fit between a research question and the methodology chosen to address it

  • how to give constructive feedback to peers

  • how to write up the methodology section of a research article

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Seminar

Assessment method

Assessment

Abstract 30%
Oral presentation 20%
Final paper 50%

Weighing

See above

Resit

RESIT IS ONLY POSSIBLE FOR THE FINAL PAPER. IF THE GRADE FOR THE ORAL PRESENTATION IS TOO LOW AND AVERAGING BETWEEN THIS AND THE FINAL PAPER RESIT GRADE RESULTS IN FAIL (LESS THAN 5.5), THE ORAL PRESENTATION GRADE WILL BE DISCOUNTED (I.E., THE FINAL PAPER WILL COUNT FOR 60% AND THAT WILL BE ADDED TO THE 40% GAINED FROM THE ABSTRACT).

Inspection and feedback

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

not applicable

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

not applicable

Contact

Prof.dr. Marina Terkourafi Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats: osz-oa-reuvensplaats@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Coordinator of Studies

Remarks

not applicable