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Onderzoeksmethodologie: Taalkunde


Admission requirements

Students need to have completed the Propedeuse in Latin American Studies. This course can be followed by students in both tracks Spanish and Portuguese.
Non major students who want to take this course should contact the lecturer.


This course prepares students for their final thesis in Linguistics (Bachelor scriptie). Students will get an overview of the different methods used in linguistic research across a range of areas, including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, as well as corpus approaches, while also having opportunities to delve more deeply into specific areas of interest.

Course objectives

  • To be prepared to write their final paper

  • To be able to place their own methods in context

  • To be able to critically read studies that use different methods

  • To be able to critically discuss the literature

  • To be able to carry out small assignments based on language use to practice the different steps needed in linguistic research.


  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • Project management (planning, delineation, result orientation)

  • Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging errors)

  • Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)

  • Self-regulation (independence, insight into one's own goals, motives and capacities)

  • Oral communication (presenting, speaking skills, listening)

  • Written communication (writing skills, reporting, structuring, summarizing)

  • Working together (teamwork, support, loyalty, fulfilling agreements, attendance)

  • Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)

  • Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)

  • Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, out of the box thinking)

  • Integrity (honesty, morality, ethical conduct, personal values)

  • Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)


My Timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Weekly assignments 30%
Presentation 30%
Project description paper 40%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Weekly assignments 30%
Presentation 30%
Project description paper 40%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Individual paper for all parts.

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



Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


Minimum 80% attendance required. Students who do not meet this requirement will not take the exams.

Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate in class discussion. All readings assigned for the week must be done prior to class. Every student is expected to contribute to class discussion through oral questions and comments every class. In order to facilitate class discussion, students will write a response to the weekly readings.

A detailed class syllabus will be provided on the first day of class.