If you want to write a dissertation, this module is for you.
Module will run
Semester 1 2023-24
Semester 2 2023-24
This module provides an opportunity to study in some more depth a research topic being studied in another H-level module. By expanding the word limit of the research piece demanded for the other module by 5,000 words, it will give students in L&LS the opportunity to undertake a substantial (dissertation length) piece of independent research in Linguistics.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
design and carry out a theoretical and/or empirical study in a chosen area of Linguistics
understand the challenges posed in carrying out a substantial piece of independent research
demonstrate an ability to critique and challenge theoretical ideas which have been proposed in one of the sub-fields of research in Linguistics
demonstrate some ability to move towards the resolution of empirical and/or theoretical puzzles that arise in the chosen area of research
demonstrate progress towards the ability to synthesise and to present complex ideas with clarity
Students must have:
Relevant I-level module and H-level research module (see module list below)
A mark of 60% or higher in the relevant I-level module(s) and an average of 60% or higher for Year 2. (Since this prerequisite cannot be fulfilled until the end of Year 2, students who register for a research extension must register for one additional back-up module, which will be dropped if this research extension prerequisite is met.)
In 2023–24, the Research Extension module can be combined with any of the following modules:
Advanced Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics: Language Processing
Advanced Topics in Language Variation and Change
Advanced Topics in Syntax
Dialect Grammar of British English
English Corpus Linguistics
English Place-names across Time & Space
Four tutorials to be scheduled as appropriate, alongside the relevant research module, which will serve as opportunities to discuss the content of the research, including issues of research design, practical issues in data collection (if appropriate), as well theoretical background to the project.
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Written feedback within the University mandated time limit.
To be determined by the student in consultation with the module tutor.