Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces basic principles of research methodology in the various branches of the discipline of Linguistics. Students review the current theoretical and empirical research literature in order to argue for a specific research question or direction for further research. The major modes of delivery are individual and small group research supervision and tutorials.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Review and critique theoretical and methodological aspects of linguistic research presented in the literature.

2. Identify and select a worthwhile area which relates to a significant line of enquiry in linguistic research.

3. Define a valid research question or direction in a particular area of linguistic research.

4. Produce an organised and coherent written argument for the proposed research which conforms to the stylistic standards of published research in the discipline.

5. Modify a research proposal based on reflection, comments and pre-testing.


Review of the research methodologies in Linguistics:

  • Field methodologies (e.g. Phonology)
  • Theoretical argumentation (e.g. Formal syntax)
  • Corpus based methodology
  • Natural observation methods (e.g. Sociolinguistics)
  • Experimental methodology (e.g. Clinical & Applied Linguistics)

Review of the research process:

  • Defining and planning research problems
  • Critique
  • Interpreting data
  • Research ethics
  • Funding research
  • Documentation and publication of research

Assumed knowledge

LING6910 (or equivalent)

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Presentation (25%)

Literature Review: Preliminary Literature Review (20%)

Written Assignment: Plan - Preliminary Research Proposal (10%)

Written Assignment: Final Proposal (45%)

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