Research design for Experimental Linguists - Uil OTS

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Bachelor
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This course treats the basics of methodology and statistics for experimental linguists. In this course you will learn about important aspects of a quantitative study design (research methodology), the basics of statistical (hypothesis) testing, and how methodology and statistics relate to each other. This SPSS lab- and discussion-based course will teach you how to make well founded decisions in the research process and give you a start in developing and designing linguistic experiments.

The focus of this course is on research methodology and design, which in the case of quantitative research means developing and statistically testing hypotheses. Formulating a research question and other important steps in the research process will be discussed and practiced in SPSS lab exercises. Next to methodological issues, statistical concepts like probability, hypothesis testing and power will be discussed. Throughout the course basic statistical tests will be discussed, like Chi-square test, t-test and ANOVA. On the last day we will introduce further venues of analysis and also discuss limitations of quantitative concepts and methods.

This course is offered by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the home of linguistic and communications research at Utrecht University.

This course is part of the preparations for entrance into the RMA Linguistics at Utrecht University.

Course director

Kirsten Schutter, MSc


Piet van Tuijl, MSc

Course aim

Learn to make funded decisions throughout a quantitative research process

Study load

Daily 2 1/2 hour session; max one hour homework per day.


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
€ 200.00

There is a discount of €50 if this course is combined with at least one more Linguistics course whose title includes mention of UiL OTS and for which the full amount is paid.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

There is an automatically added € 50,- housing discount, if you have housing for successive courses.


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.


A motivation letter is required from non-EU residents. You can send it via email to

More information

Kirsten Schutter | E: | T: +31 (0)30 253 6060


Application deadline: 31 July 2020