Applied Research in Language Sciences


By the end of the semester students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the development of linguistic research and its applications.
2. Use the most relevant linguistic concepts in interdisciplinary approaches.
3. Use methods adequate to the collection of empirical data.
4. Master resources and tools which allow for the completion of the work to be developed.
5. Write a formally correct work report supported by the adequate argumentation.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Lavadinho Madeira


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Coupland, N. / J. Robert / T. Kristiansen (2011) SLICE: Critical perspectives on language (de)standardisation. In: T. Kristiansen / N. Coupland (eds.) Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe. Oslo: Novus, pp. 11-35.
Johnson, D. C. (2013) Language Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Milroy, J. (2001) Language Ideologies and the Consequence of Standardization. Journal of Sociolinguistics 5/4, pp. 530-555.
Olsson, J. (2008) Forensic Linguistics (2nd ed.). London: Continuum.
Rock, F. (2011) Forensic Linguistics. In J. Simpson (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Routledge, 138-152.
Tollefson, James W. / Miguel Pérez-Milans (eds.) (2018) The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Oxford: OUP.

Outros títulos serão definidos anualmente em função das abordagens a serem exploradas (cf. Conteúdos). / Other references will be specified annually according to the frameworks to be studied (cf. Syllabus).

Teaching method

Practice sessions will be predominant, given the nature of this course. However, it may be necessary to present the framework of a given perspective or approach in more expository and theoretical sessions.
Students are expected to participate regularly in activities and discussions. Preparation for each class involves readings and performing tasks posted on Moodle.

Evaluation method

active participation in practice sessions(25%), final written report(50%), written test(25%)

Subject matter

Curricular unit general topic - transdisciplinary approaches to language: some case studies.
In the current semester the students are encouraged to contribute to the discussion of the (actual and / or potential) role of linguistics in different social domains, e.g.:
Language policy and planning, emphasizing the use of Portuguese in scientific and culture fields;
Constitution of linguistic resources and tools;
Arguments against language prejudice;
Language uses versus the definition of norm(s);
Forensic contexts.


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