Spring 2023 - LING 851 G100

Research Techniques and Experimental Design (3)

Class Number: 6012

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Yue Wang
    1 778 782-6924
    Office: RCB 9213



Introduces the use of experimental methods and laboratory techniques for carrying out research in speech and language sciences. Topics include reading research literature, research design and hypothesis testing, statistical methods and data analysis, and research paper write-up.


We will discuss the use of empirical methods for carrying out research in linguistics. The goal is to provide a foundation for designing and conducting your own research as well as to assist in reading critically the research literature in your particular area of linguistics. We will begin by discussing how testable hypotheses can be used to address theoretical questions, and then examine how a hypothesis becomes the basis for designing and carrying out an experiment. From there we will discuss how descriptive and inferential statistics can be used to objectively evaluate the hypothesis being tested and how results can be interpreted in light of prior research. By the end of the course you should be familiar with the critical components of empirical research and have a basis for incorporating these into your own research. A number of related topics will also be discussed, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, conducting survey and experimental research online, computational and statistical modeling approaches, and research methods in applied, clinical, and forensic linguistics.


  • Participation and discussion 30%
  • Project and paper 70%
  • No Final Exam



Rodesva, R.J. and Sharma, D., eds. (2014). Research Methods in Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, paperback or Kindle edition. ISBN-10: 1107696356, ISBN-13: 978-1107696358


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