Research Preparation

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

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.

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

Replacing Course(s) Replaces the first semester of the full year course LING694 Linguistic Research, which is being discontinuing in compliance with University requirements.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LING6910 (or equivalent)
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - 1. Draft 1 - 500 words Written (preliminary) research proposal 10% Week 6 2. Draft 2 - 1,500 words Preliminary literature review 20% Week 10 3. Seminar Presentation - 15 minutes Verbal presentation 25% Week 11-13 4. Assignment - 5,000 words Written research review & final proposal 45% Week 14
Contact Hours
  • Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6950

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