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Analyzing linguistic data (graduate)


Fall 2015 | Instructor: Katrin Erk | Tuesday, Thursday 11-12:30 | CLA 1.108 | Canvas

Many areas of linguistics require statistical analysis: phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, or empirical studies in syntax or semantics. Statistical analysis helps detect regularities in the numbers, test whether observed effects are statistically significant, and implement and test hypotheses about the data.

This course provides hands-on introduction to statistics for language, using the R statistics software. Using data from existing linguistic studies, we will study the following topics:
  • Data exploration and visualization
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Regression modeling, including mixed-effects models

Textbooks:
P. R. Hinton (2004): Statistics Explained: A Guide for Social Science Students. Psychology Press; 3rd edition, 2014
R.H. Baayen (2008): Analyzing Linguistic Data: A Practical Introduction to Statistics Using R. Cambridge University Press.