Course description, Spring 2019

Different types of data in linguistics - possibilities and pitfalls

This course focuses on empirical aspects of linguistic studies; the goal is to raise awareness of the possibilities and pitfalls associated with different data types. The instructors are linguists with extensive experience collecting and analysing different types of data.

The course is organised as a two-day workshop. The instructors will each lead a session taking their own research as a point of departure, and discuss data-related issues. There will also be sessions of student presentations; this course is an excellent opportunity for the students to discuss their own work with the instructors and each other.

There will be 4 thematic sessions, outlined as follows:

1. Acceptability judgements. Key topics are formal vs. informal judgements, strengths and limitations of the method and practical advice when setting up experiments. This session will be led by Dr Dave Kush.

2. Corpora. Key topics are corpora as a testing ground for hypotheses and different ways of using corpus data. This session will be led by Dr Kari Kinn.

3. Variation and variability. Key topics are variation between different types of data (when combined), inter-speaker variation and intra-speaker variation. This session will be led by Prof Marjo van Koppen.

4. Multimodal data. This session focuses on video recordings, which are used for data collection in many subdisciplines of linguistics. A key topic is the extent to which, and how, the process of video recording shapes the data, e.g. through camera perspective.


1. Dr Dave Kush, NTNU
2. Dr Kari Kinn, University of Oslo
3. Prof Marjo van Koppen, University of Utrecht
4. Prof Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel

More details will be made available in due course.

Please note that the primary requirement for 3 ECTS is to give a presentation. The option of writing a 2000 word essay will be made available if the number of students exceeds the number of presentation slots.

Organiser: Kari Kinn

Publisert 12. nov. 2018 11:29 - Sist endret 29. apr. 2019 10:11