Three-day workshop in Statistics for Linguistics
3–5 March 2014, University of Sussex
Workshop Content: Statistics for Linguists
This is a three-day workshop led by Professor Chris Butler and focused on teaching the basics of statistics for linguistic analysis. No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed. Topics covered include: research design, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and a range of parametric and non-parametric tests, from the t-test to log-linear analysis.
Workshop Leader: Professor Chris Butler
Chris Butler is known internationally for his work in theoretical and descriptive linguistics. He also holds honorary appointments at the universities of Leeds, Huddersfield and Swansea, and was formerly Professor of Linguistics at the University College of Ripon and York St John (now York St John University). Prior to that he taught for almost 20 years at the University of Nottingham. He has a background in both linguistics and biochemistry and among his major publications are Statistics in Linguistics (now available online at http://www.uwe.ac.uk/hlss/llas/statistics-in-linguistics/bkindex.shtml) and Structure and Function: A Guide to Three Major Structural-Functional Theories, a major research monograph of two volumes. A follow-up to these volumes, Exploring Functional-Cognitive Space, co-authored with Francisco Gonzálvez García, is currently in press.
The workshop will be held over three days on the University of Sussex Falmer campus.
Monday 3 March:
11.00-11.30 Registration and welcome
11.30-13.00 Topic 1: Why do (some) linguists need to know something about statistics? Some questions and answers
Topic 2: Descriptive statistics
14.00-15.30 Topic 2: Descriptive statistics (continued)
Topic 3: Hypothesis testing: fundamental concepts
16.00-17.00 Topic 4: Parametric and non-parametric tests. Examples of tests for differences between the ‘averages’ of 2 groups: independent and paired t-tests, Mann-Whitney test
Tuesday 4 March:
9.30-10.30 Topic 5: Introduction to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA): 1-way ANOVA
11.00-13.00 Topic 5: Introduction to ANOVA (continued): 2-way and mixed ANOVA
Topic 6: Correlation and simple linear regression
14.00- 16.00 Topic 7: Introduction to multiple linear regression
Topic 8: Chi-square test for nominal variables
Wednesday 5 March:
9.30-10.30 Topic 9: Introduction to log linear analysis
11.00-13.00 Topic 10: Practical exercise
13.00-14.00 Topic 11: Towards more sophisticated statistical analysis: brief mention of topics such as
· Multivariate methods such as clustering and multidimensional scaling
· Difficult data: outliers and violation of assumptions
· The debate about null hypothesis testing using p values
· Statistics with R
14.00 Workshop ends
Coffee/tea will be provided, but, in order to keep costs down, lunch breaks will not be catered. There are several University cafés and a food shop near the venue.
Registration for the three days is £100, or £25 for qualifying Sussex language/linguistics students (see registration form for more info). The registration fee is non-refundable.
To register, please request a registration form from R . Bowe @sussex. ac. uk (remove spaces from email address)