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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.

Transferable Skills

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

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • 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)


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load (5EC = 140 hours) is the following:

  • 28 hours = attending lectures and seminars;

  • 56 hours = reading and preparing for lectures;

  • 12 hours = preparing for presentations;

  • 14 hours = weekly posting on discussion board;

  • 30 hours = writing final paper

Assessment method


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


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


Individual paper for all parts (100%)

Exam review

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:

  • share information about the classes

  • share information about the literature

  • share information about the timetable

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:

mw. M. Parafita Couto

Dr. P. Gonzalez Gonzalez

Dr. E. Alves Vieira

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Minimum 80% attendance required. Students who do not meet this requirement will not have their assigments, presentation or paper corrected.
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.