Spanish and Portuguese | Bibliography & Research Methods in Hispanic Linguistics
S503 | 25060 | M. Clayton

Professor Mary L. Clayton

S503	Bibliography & Research Methods in Hispanic Linguistics

MWF 11:15am – 12:05pm/class# 25060/3cr./Ballantine 240

This is a course on how to be a Hispanic linguist and how to do
Hispanic linguistics. It introduces students to the skills,
resources, attitudes and background necessary for "doing

Topics include:
•	The Context: past and present in General and Hispanic
Linguistics research: Where do you want to fit in?
•	Linguistics as a science: Where do we stand?
•	Resources in General and Hispanic linguistics and resources
for finding resources: How to find all there is to know about your
topic; how to avoid re-inventing the wheel (a waste of time, not to
mention embarrassing.)
•	The use of software in various aspects of linguistics: Let
the computer do it for you -- but don’t let it control what you do.
•	Critical reading skills: Making sure you read the right
stuff and see it for what it is and isn’t.
•	Data collection and management: Gone are the days when good
linguists “just theorize” in their office.
•	Sound argumentation and effective writing in linguistics:
Making sure you have something to say and that you say it
•	Conference papers and publication: How do you write an
abstract that will get accepted for a conference? What makes a paper
publishable? How do you get it published and where should you want
to publish it?
•	Obtaining financial support for research: When does money
count and when can you do without it? Choosing what to apply for and
writing effective grant proposals.
•	Responsibility in research and writing
•	Professionalism and collegiality in academia

A variety of readings will be used, including items on reserve and
photo-copied materials. In addition to readings, lecture and
discussion, course activities will include projects to increase both
skills and knowledge in linguistic research. There will be guest
lectures on special topics and 'on location' field-trips for
lectures and demonstrations at points of research interest on

Grades will be based on:
homework assignments, projects and quizzes	55%
participation	10%
final exam or project	35%