Quantitative Research Methods for Linguistics provides an accessible introduction to research methods for undergraduates undertaking research for the first time. Employing a task-based approach, the authors demonstrate key methods through a series of worked examples, allowing students to take a learn-by-doing approach and making quantitative methods less daunting for the novice researcher.Key features include:
- Chapters framed around real research questions, walking the student step-by-step through the various methods;
- Guidance on how to design your own research project;
- Basic questions and answers that every new researcher needs to know;
- A comprehensive glossary that makes the most technical of terms clear to readers;
- Coverage of different statistical packages including R and SPSS.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Basic Statistical Ideas
1. Basic concepts of quantification and number
2. Designing research projects which count things
Part 2: Asking and Answering Quantitative Questions
3. Survey of the sexiness of Klingon
4. Who speaks Low German with their children?
5. Frequency of use of the present perfect tense in two newspapers
Comparison of two groups where the data is not normally distributed – Mann Whitney U test
6. Is there a difference in the way ‘ing’ is pronounced by people from Birmingham and the Black Country?
Testing for difference using Chi square
7. Do letter writers tend to use nouns and verbs together?
Scatterplots and correlation of linear data
8. Does the use of pronouns differ between two academic disciplines?
Using T-test to compare between two groups
9. Does the use of pronouns differ between three academic disciplines?
Comparison between three or more groups: One-Way Anova
10. Asking and answering quantitative questions - conclusions