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Postgraduate course

Methods for Master's Students in Language and Linguistics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeLING311
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if necessary, otherwise Norwegian.
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course introduces empirical methods in language studies, e.g. the collection, construction and use of text corpora. The methods introduced can vary from semester to semester, e.g. field methods and work with informants, construction and use of questionnaires, and statistical methods which are relevant for processing corpus data and informant data.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate is able to

    • describe and discuss important methodological foundations in linguistic
    • describe important terms and procedures in methods.


The candidate is able to

    • assess and compare methods in linguistics, e.g. fieldwork and corpus methods
    • apply methods and concepts to practical research on language.

General competance

The candidate is able to

    • use linguistic argumentationge
    • have a critical perspective on one's own and others' methods
    • discuss common methodological questions

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

A bachelor degree with a specialization in linguistics provides the most suitable starting point.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

LINGMET:10 credits

Access to the Course

Open to all who have been admitted to one of the Master¿s programmes in Foreign Languages, Scandinavian Studies or Linguistics at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Normally, teachers from linguistics and various language programmes will be responsible for teaching.

About 2 hours per week.

If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department¿s guidelines regarding this on MittUiB. For courses where this is a possibility, the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration February 1 / September 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

To be eligible to sit the final exam, students must have submitted one obligatory assignment during the course. An individual reading list must be submitted.

Forms of Assessment

Supervised term paper of ca. 3000 words.

Grading Scale


Reading List

The reading list may consist of about 2/3 common reading material and 1/3 individual material chosen in consultation with the student's own department and in relation to the language studied by the student. The syllabus is about 400 pages and includes introductions to linguistic methods and illustrating articles.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Mail address: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information