Models and Methodologies in Language Sciences - 1st semester


By the end of the course, students should be able to:
(a) Identify the theoretical questions which guide the main models in the area of language sciences;
(b) Describe different research methodologies used in language sciences;
(c) Design a research project in the are of language sciences.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Lavadinho Madeira, Susana Mesquita de Deus Correia


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language




Bybee, J. (2010). Language, Usage and Cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Fitch, W. T. (2010). The Evolution of Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hauser, M., N. Chomsky & W. T. Fitch (2002). The faculty of language: What is It? Who has it, and how did it evolve? Science, 298, 1569-1579.
Litosseliti, L. (ed.) (2010). Research Methods in Linguistics. London/New York: Continuum.
O’Keeffe, A. & M. McCarthy (eds.) (2010). The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Routledge.
Podesva, R.J. & D. Sharma (eds.) (2013). Research Methods in Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.
Schmid, H.-J. (2012). Linguistic Theories, Approaches, and Methods. In M. Middeke, T. Müller, C. Wald & H. Zapf (eds.) English and American Studies: Theory and Practice. Metzler, 371-394.

Teaching method

Classes with a theoretical (expository) and a practical component. The practical component includes the analysis and discussion of texts.
In-class teaching.

Evaluation method

Research project - 40% (15% oral presentation + 25% construction of a poster)
One in-class activity - 10%
Autonomous work, active and relevant participation in class - 10%
Final test - 40%

Subject matter

1. Research projects in language sciences
1.1. Problems, research questions, hypotheses and methodology
1.2. Population samples, materials and procedures
1.3. Ethical questions

2. Models and questions in language sciences
2.1. Specificities of human language
2.2. Structuralist models
2.3. The model of generative grammar
2.4. Usage-based models

3. Research methodologies in language sciences
3.1. Building, analysing and using corpora
3.2. Collection and analysis of experimental data
3.3. Survey research
3.4. Textual and discourse analysis


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