LT3235 - Experimental Approaches to Language Studies

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Linguistics and Translation
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
LT3209 Syntax, LT3211 Semantics, LT3212 Phonetics, LT3214 Phonology
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to quantitative research paradigms and common experimental methods in language studies. Students will learn to formulate specific research questions and generate research predictions based on linguistic theories and models, select appropriate experimental methods, design suitable materials to control for variables and obtain valid data, and develop effective data analysis plans to address the research questions. Rationales and standard procedures of well-established data elicitation tasks for both language comprehension and production will be illustrated and demonstrated through representative studies in various linguistic subfields. Students will be familiarized with quantitative measures such as accuracy rate, type/token frequency, reaction time and event-related potential, as well as their applications and interpretations in offline and online techniques such as eye-tracking and EEG. Interactive tutorials, workshops and tours to the department’s Language and Cognition Laboratory will be organized regularly to provide the students with hands-on experience with the experimental techniques.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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