[English] Beyond the Word: Methods of Data Collection in Linguistics


General information

Course name Beyond the Word: Methods of Data Collection in Linguistics
Course type Lecture
Course code 050664
Course coordinator Prof. Dr. Lieselotte Anderwald
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Short summary In this lecture course, we will look in some more detail at how linguists work, what materials they use, where these materials come from, and what linguists do with them.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor (Year 3)
Also possible for Bachelor and Master

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

ECTS 2,5
Evaluation Exam
Frequency winter term

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements The lecture course will be recorded, so that physical attendance is not necessarily required. You will find the recordings on OLAT. However, if you want the opportunity to ask questions please do attend. Depending on students' "Prüfungsordnung", the exam will be a written exam at the end of term ("Klausur", PO before 2017), or will be part of the oral exams in the module "Beyond the Word" (PO from 2017 onwards).
OLAT: https://lms.uni-kiel.de/url/RepositoryEntry/22381199396
or look for "Anderwald – VL Methods (Winter 2018/19)"

Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content Following Labov's general overview (check his 1972 article), we can (slightly tongue-in-cheek) say that some linguists work in the armchair (well, at their desks), some work in the library, some in laboratories, some go out in the street and talk to people, some even go to far-away countries, and (maybe more recently) some mainly use computers to access materials. Essentially, we can distinguish linguistic intuitions from elicited materials, and from observation of (more or less) spontaneous behaviour by speakers. These different types of materials are linked to different branches of linguistics (grammarians work differently from historical linguists, who work differently from psycholinguists, …), but they are also linked to different theoretical frameworks. Overall, this lecture course will provide students with a good insight into qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection in linguistics, enabling them to understand and compare studies they might read during their BA classes, or later in their MA courses.
Reading list Labov, William. 1972. "Some principles of linguistic methodology." Language in Society 1: 97-120.
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