Introduction to Experimental Linguistics

Introduction to Experimental Linguistics

Christelle Gillioz, University of Bern, Switzerland
Sandrine Zufferey, University of Bern, Switzerland

ISBN : 9781786304186

Publication Date : February 2021

Hardcover 258 pp

165.00 USD



The use of experimental methodology in the field of linguistics has boomed in recent decades. However, implementation of such methods does require an understanding and mastery of specific theoretical and methodological principles.

Introduction to Experimental Linguistics presents the key concepts of experimental linguistics in an accessible way, addressing, in turn: the application of experimentation in linguistics; the techniques most frequently used for the study of language; the methodological and practical aspects useful for the implementation of an experiment; and an introduction to the analysis of quantitative data derived from experiments.

This didactic book combines the elements presented with examples drawn from the various fields of linguistics. It also includes a number of resources available for people who wish to implement an experimental study, more advanced reading suggestions, and revision questions along with their answer key.


1. Experimental Linguistics: General Principles.
2. Building a Valid and Reliable Experiment.
3. Studying Linguistic Productions.
4. Offline Methods for Studying Language Comprehension.
5. Online Methods for Studying Language Comprehension.
6. Practical Aspects for Designing an Experiment.
7. Introduction to Quantitative Data Processing and Analysis.

About the authors/editors

Christelle Gillioz has a doctorate in psycholinguistics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and has taught research methodology and experimental linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Sandrine Zufferey is Professor of French linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She specializes in the use of empirical methods in linguistics and pragmatics.

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