Models and Methodologies in Language Sciences


At 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.
(d) Apply the knowledge on language sciences in constructing linguistic
resources to the community.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Helena Virgínia Topa Valentim


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Available soon


Bronckart, J.-P. (2019). Théories du langage: Nouvelle introduction critique
(PSY-TDS) (French Edition) eBook Kindle.
Bybee, J. (2010). Language, Usage and Cognition. Cambridge: CUP.
Culioli, A. (1995) Cognition and Representation in Linguistic Theory.
Amsterdam, Philadelphia: J. Benjamins.
Fitch, W. T. (2010). The Evolution of Language. Cambridge: CUP.
Fromkin, V., Rodman, R. & Hyams, N. (2003). An Introduction to Language.
Canada: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
O’Keeffe, A. and M. McCarthy (eds.) (2010). The Routledge Handbook of Corpus
Linguistics. Routledge.
Podesva, R.J. and D. Sharma (eds.) (2013). Research Methods in Linguistics.
Cambridge: CUP.
Silva, A. S. (2006) O mundo dos sentidos em Português. Polissemia,
Semântica e Cognição. Coimbra: Almedina.
Tomasello, M. (2003). Constructing a Language. A Usage-Based Theory of
Language Acquisition. Cambridge, Massachusetts & London, England: Harvard
University Press.

Teaching method

Classes will be theoretical and practical, with lectures and classes to analyse
and discuss exts and students' work.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - Designing a research project or building a linguistic resource - 40% (15% oral presentation + 25% poster/resource), to be presented at a final workshop and to be published in the courses webpage.(40%), In-class activity (10%) and final test (30%)(40%), Self-study, organization of a portfolio, active and relevant participation in class and constructive participation in tutorial sessions(20%)

Subject matter

1. Inspecting language and languages
1.1. Language specificity(ies)
1.2. Linguistic knowledge
1.3. Language diversity
1.4. Language use
2. Linguistics domains
2.1. Theoretical models in linguistic analysis: concepts and approaches
2.2. Applications: text production and review, advertising and communication,
teaching, speech and language therapy
3. Designing a research project
3.1. Quantitative and qualitative methods
3.2. Ethics in data use
3.3. Problem, research questions and hypotheses
3.4. Sample, materialse and procedures
3.5. Data collection
3.6. Data treatment and analysi(e)s
4. Linguistic resources
4.1. Dictionnaries, glossaries and grammars
4.2. Digital tools, programs, apps and games
4.3. Materials for teaching and evaluation
4.4. Materials for speech and language therapy
5. Workshop and linguistic portfolio
5.1. Workshop organization for students; work presentations
5.2. Publication of students; works in the courses webpage


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