LING 3099 Special Project in Linguistics (1 and 2)

Pre-requisites: At least 2 Level II or Level III Linguistics courses to be determined according to the topic selected (LING 2302 or LING 3701 are strongly recommended as pre-requisites)

This course initiates students into research in Linguistics. It specifically enhances understanding of the nature of research in general and linguistics research in particular. Students are expected to develop skills at identifying and defining problems, selecting appropriate approaches to research, and designing and executing research programmes across the broad spectrum of possibilities in Linguistics. The primary emphasis is on practical exercises, workshop and seminar presentations. Coursework evaluation is based on exercises. Final Assessment is by one 5,000- 8,000-word research paper.

Method of Instruction: 2 seminar hours per week, plus regular consultation with supervisor
Assessment: 2 prepared oral presentations (25%) and 1 research paper (75%)

Basic Reading List

  • Litosseliti, Lia. Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Continuum, 2010.
  • Wray, Alison and Aileen Bloomer. Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies. 3d ed. London: Routledge, 2013.

More Information

The top student in this course wins the Departmental Prize for Research. See Academic Prizes. Find out about Field Trips.

Click for a listing of and HUMN 3099 Caribbean Studies and LING 3099 Special Project in Linguistics projects on language and linguistics topics.



All students reading LING 3099 Special Project in Linguistics should prepare themselves for this course over the long holiday as follows:

1) Please note the pre-requisites for this course.

2) Check the list above (language and linguistics topics) and read any ONE HUMN 3099 or LING 3099 project available in West Indiana (preferably one with an A and/or one of great interest to you).

3) MLA Style. Go to the Alma Jordan Library and download the MLA Style Guide for undergraduates.

4) Read the following: a practical guide to writing Linguistics papers and the Leipzig Glossing Rules.