Research paper guidelines

 

THE BASIC ASSIGNMENT IS TO REVIEW SOME AREA AND MAKE AN ORIGINAL CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THAT REVIEW. THIS MIGHT BE IN THE FORM OF AN EXPLICT PROPOSAL OR ACTUALLY DOING SOME EMPIRICAL WORK, E.G. EXPERIMENT, LANGUAGE OBSERVATION, ANALYSIS OF EXISTING LANGUAGE DATA, OR A DETAILED PROPOSAL ON THE TOPIC THAT WOULD EXTEND OUR KNOWLEDGE IF DONE.

The review and proposal has to be extensive enough to establish that what you will do is novel or creative or will somehow , if carried out succesfully, further an understanding of human language.

All papers should be around eight pages--ten maximum-- including references. The overall style should be similar to the APA format.

Here are some examples from prior years: comparison of dialects of English, research proposals on any number of topics- effects of sign language on young children, database studies of vocabulary development, Pratt comparison of development of fricatives and stop consonants, other language development issues, differences in native English speakers and bilinguals, the language of a specific domain, measuring effectiveness of advertisments using language, development of product names, critical analysis of evolutionary data on origin of language.

 

While a review and proposal is a straightforward solution to the assignment, other solutions are possible.

In all cases, originality and significance are important.

I will be happy to help with your project but you must get it started. Try making a list of topics and searching the library databases and skimming the results.

 

Here are some database sources on language that might be utilized.

 

CHILDES acquisition database

Macarthur communication development inventories (CDI) (lexical norms to 30 months)

WordNet (a dictionary-thesaurus designed with the "mental dictionary" in mind)

word association database

other English language databases and everything else.

American Sign Language (ASL) dictionary (video)