Researching Language in Use (817Q1A)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces students to the practice of linguistic research. A diverse range of issues regarding the development of a research question, methodology and argumentation are explored through the topical theme of 'language in use'. On this module, you will read works on the theme of 'language in use' that exemplify good practice in research and argumentation, and will critically reflect upon and discuss methodologies and practices used in these and other works. You will receive lectures and practical workshop training on the following:

* accessing linguistic materials and using them appropriately
* identifying tractable research questions
* interpreting research findings
* linguistic field methods (ethnographic and language structure)
* quantitative research methods (survey & experiment design)
* structuring a linguistic argument
* ethical considerations in linguistic research
* self- and peer- evaluation

In order to put these skills into practice, you will complete assessed research exercises.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.