Experimental Linguistics Module – Autumn 2011

Tuesday 2-4pm, Bancroft Building room 102.6

  • Module Description

    The goal of this module is to take students with no prior training in the methods or tools of experimental psychological science and provide them with the theoretical and practical training required to be able to critically engage with the Psycholinguistics literature and to undertake experimental linguistics research themselves. The module will include hands-on training in inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection (including training in ethical human subjects research protocols), and data analysis. The module will also engage students in considering strengths and limitations of various kinds of linguistics data, and how multiple sources of data and methods of data collection can be combined to enhance understanding. Students will develop their critical reading skills and gain practice in presenting primary source literature to their peers.

access to Language Centre computers for testing

Posted by Linnaea on November 24, 2011

Great news: thanks to Martin Barge, the technical director of the Language Centre, DMDX and the consonants folder are now installed on all the Center computers. Any student can use these computers to run the experiment. You just need to check the Semester 1 Timetables for the Language Labs and the Resources Rooms. Tuesdays and Thursdays are busier than other days, but there are open slots every day. If you’re not sure whether a room is booked, you can contact Martin directly atlanguage-centre@qmul.ac.uk. The different labs and resource rooms have different numbers of computers, but all together there are more than a hundred pcs available to use.

To run the experiment on a Language Center computer, follow these steps:

  1. navigate to ‘desktop/resources/Linguistics’
  2. select and copy the folder ‘consonants’
  3. navigate to ‘desktop/Stream
  4. paste the folder ‘consonants’
    this creates a local copy of the files, and ensures that DMDX saves your data in the right place (not over anyone else’s)
  5. hit a shift key 5 times in a row to bring up the ‘sticky keys’ dialog
  6. deactivate sticky keys (see Experiment instructionsfor details)
  7. from the start menu, select the Linguistics folder, then DMDX
  8. browse for the ‘consonants.rtf’ file in the ‘desktop/Stream/consonants’ folder
  9. syntax check, run, etc all work as usual
  10. obviously double check that these instructions work before you try to run a participant, in case I’ve made a mistake in remembering the steps
  11. when you’re done, save the file ‘consonsants.azk’ to a flash drive, or upload it to your favourite server/email client

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