Summer School “Methods in Language Sciences”

The Summer School “Methods in Language Sciences” will take place from Monday 15 to Friday 19 July 2024.

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Top quality research requires outstanding methodological skills. That is why the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication of Ghent University will jointly organize a Summer School on “Methods in Language Sciences” in July 2024. The summer school caters to (junior and senior) researchers from various scientific disciplines such as e.g. linguistics, translation and interpreting studies, psycholinguistics and language acquisition research, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics, linguistic ethnography etc.

The Summer School offers 10 multi-day modules on various topics, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The following modules are offered:

  • Introduction to R
  • Introduction to statistics with R
  • Categorical data analysis with R
  • Multivariate data analysis with R
  • Natural Language Processing with Python
  • Eye-tracking
  • Linguistic ethnography
  • Bayesian data analysis
  • Research data management

Each module involves 15 contact hours. Because the modules are partly held in parallel sessions, participants have to choose one or two modules to follow (see the Programme for details). More detailed information about each module can be found here.

In addition, the 2024 edition of the Summer School will also host two keynote lectures. On Wednesday 17th July 2024 at 12:45-13:45 Karin Tusting (Lancaster University) will give a presentation titled What does it mean to find patterns in language data? and on Friday 19th July 2024 at 12:45-13:45 Stefan Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara & Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen) will talk about The main corpus-linguistic statistics, their problems, and thoughts re solutions.

Participants receive a certificate of attendance for a course if they have been present for 100% of the time, i.e. the full 15 contact hours. The certificate of attendance mentions these contact hours together with a brief outline of the course content. Participants who wish so, can convert their attendance to credits. Participants get a separate certificate for each course they have followed (i.e. one or two).

This is your opportunity to take your methodological skills for research in (applied) linguistics, translation or interpreting studies to the next level.



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