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Qualitative Methods in Linguistics



This course provides a broad overview of qualitative methodologies in linguistics, focusing on case study, discourse analysis, questionnaire, interview, and integrated methods. Emphasis is placed on: 1) understanding how studies are designed to respond to specific questions, including how questions are derived from prior theory and research; and 2) how validity is assessed, including what counts as evidence and what makes data analysis systematic. To that end, students in the course will read explanations of prominent qualitative methodologies; critically analyze research reports employing those same methodologies; write a qualitative research design for an original research project; and share that research design in an oral presentation.

Course objectives

  • Understand and apply qualitative research methodologies

  • Critically analyze qualitative research for threats to validity

  • Convey an original and valid qualitative research design in writing and speech


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

5 EC X 28 hours =140 hours in total

  • Seminar attendance: 12 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 36 hours

  • Independent research: 14 hours

  • Preparation of final paper: 48 hours

  • Preparation of oral presentation: 30

Assessment method

  • Seminar preparation: 30%

  • Course paper: 40%

  • Oral presentation: 30%

The final grade consists of the weighted average of the above components.

Students who fail the course paper may resit the paper.

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.

Reading list Brightspace will be used


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