• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies

Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics provides Honours students with skills for undertaking quantitative analysis for their Honours thesis in linguistics. Students will acquire substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to linguistics, including applied linguistics. Issues covered will include quantitative study design; collection, description, and visualisation of data; interpretation of results; and reporting of research findings. When discussing quantitative approaches, emphasis will be on the conceptual aspects of such procedures rather than on mechanical arithmetic aspects. Students will be given practical experience in descriptive and inferential statistical analysis and in computer tools to carry it out. They will undertake a systematic investigation applying their quantitative research skills in a final research project, which will evaluate the methods used in existing literature, present an innovative study design, and analyse the data using appropriate statistical techniques. Students are encouraged to work with their thesis data for the assessment items. Material submitted for assessment in this course may be incorporated into a student's thesis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. critically evaluate different research methodologies in linguistics and / or applied linguistics;
  2. critically assess the methodology of a research project within your own discipline area;
  3. critically assess the appropriateness of various methodological approaches in published linguistics and/or applied linguistics articles;
  4. carry out quantitative analysis of small data sets, applying statistical methods; and
  5. design, carry out and present (in both a written and oral format) a small project related to your own research interests.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quantitative analysis exercises (500 words) (20) [LO 4]
  2. Research proposal (6 unit course 1500 words; 12 unit course 3500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Final research project (6 unit course 2500 words; 12 unit course 5500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Research project presentation (10 min) (10) [LO 5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact which may comprise lectures, tutorials, workshops, or practical laboratories

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or have completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

TBA on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8343 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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