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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2003

SPN 383M • EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN LANGUAGE SCIENCE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45155 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
HRH 4.102B
Birdsong

Course Description

Students will be introduced to elements of experimental design, the use and manipulation of various statistical measures, techniques of population sampling, data gathering and reporting, and proper interpretation of results vis á vis stated hypotheses.

The research questions under consideration will be grounded in: (1) theoretical and descriptive accounts of French and other languages; (2) issues in language acquisition theory. Accordingly, readings in appropriate journals will be assigned. The course will stress the limits of experimentation—sampling constraints, latent and confounded variables, ecological validity—as well as prudence in generating hypotheses and attributing causality. Statistical procedures to be studied include t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square, and correlations. Many exercises will be performed with statistical packages on personal computers (no familiarity is assumed). The language the course will be conducted in will depend on the clientele. Papers may be written in French or English.

Grading Policy

Quizzes 30% Ad hoc assignments 15% Pilot project 20% Final project 35% Final Exam: No

Texts

E. Hatch & A. Lazaraton (1991). The Research Manual: Design and Statistics for Applied Linguistics. Newbury House. Photocopied materials to be distributed.

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