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Methods in Experimental Linguistics


Admission requirements

Students should be familiar with psycholinguistic theory (e.g. have completed an introductory course at BA or MA level).
Basic knowledge of statistics (t-test, ANOVA) is desirable.


This course provides students with a a comprehensive and practical introduction to the research methods used in the LUCL Labs, including the chance to consolidate this knowledge by carrying out an independent research project.
Students will learn how psycholinguistic theory relates to experimental design and gain practical experience of data collection and interpretation by carrying out a replication study.
After this course, students will have the necessary competence to individually design, carry out, and present a psycholinguistic experiment.

Course objectives

  • Gaining a broad knowledge of psycholinguistic research methods and techniques, including lab hardware and software (Excel, Qualtrics, E-Prime).

  • Understanding the practical steps involved in conceptualising and preparing a psycholinguistic experiment.

  • Consolidating practical skills by carrying out an individual project.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

Seminars, independent study and practical assignments.

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

  • Seminars: 24

  • Study of compulsory literature: 46

  • Assignments: 94

  • Preparation for assessments: 114

  • Exam/presentation: 2

Assessment method


For successful completion of the course, the student is required to upload 9 completed assignments on Blackboard (this includes assignments completed in class work). A schedule of deadlines is provided at the start of the course. During the course the student will carry out a practical project and is required to present this during the end-of-course poster session. For the posters, students must also submit a peer review.


Each assignment counts for 5% of the final grade. 50% of the final grade will be determined on the basis of the practical project and poster presentation, plus 5% based on a peer review of another student’s poster.


Students may resit maximally one of the assessments, provided that they have adequately attended the seminars (>80%).

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


Blackboard will be used for:

  • to inform students during the course, to offer study materials, and to submit and assess homework assignments.

Reading list

The course will follow the reader, available for download here
A syllabus and suplementary material will be made available via Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk


**Class attendance and active participation is required.