Statistical Literacy and Production in Language Research

Jonna Marie A. Lim, PhD (St. Scholastica's College, Manila and De La Salle University, Manila)

The objective of the workshop is two-fold: (1) develop the participants’ statistical literacy – their ability to understand quantitative data in language research, through result analysis, and (2) equip them with the knowledge and skills to use fundamental statistics in the different sub-fields of applied linguistics through demonstration and hands-on exercises.  Specifically, the workshop will focus on the most common statistical methods and analysis in applied linguistics research articles: one-way ANOVA, t-test, and Pearson correlation. At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to comprehend statistical results in language research, identify and use the correct statistical test given a research question and its corresponding data, use the JASP software to run basic statistical tests, and interpret the results of these statistical tests.

Jonna Marie A. Lim, Ph.D., is an educator and a BSE Major in English graduate of Philippine Normal University. She holds a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in Teaching English Language from the De La Salle University, Manila. She is currently a part –time faculty of the DLSU’s graduate school and the High School Principal of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila where she started out as a High School teacher of English, 14 years ago. She is the language trainer of Chevrolet, Philippines and she recently published a course module on “Purposive Communication” for Rex Publishing. Her research interests include language teaching and assessment, sociolinguistics, language acquisition and psycholinguistics.

Qualitative Research Methods in Sociolinguistics

Raymund Victor M. Vitorio, PhD (De La Salle University, Manila)

Methodological issues and innovations are integral to the development of the field of sociolinguistics. While earlier sociolinguistic methods were able to effectively illustrate the methodological problems of Chomskyan linguistics (e.g. Labov, 1972), they were consequently criticized for being too structuralist and positivist. In this workshop, I discuss the place of qualitative research methods in sociolinguistics. To do this, I first provide a historical sketch of the key events (or “waves”) in the development of sociolinguistics that warranted a turn to qualitative methods. I then discuss several qualitative methods that have become dominant in variationist and non-variationist sociolinguistic research, such as interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, linguistic ethnography, discourse analysis, and narrative analysis. The workshop concludes with a discussion of the relationship between theory, method, and writing. 

Dr. Raymund Vitorio is a full-time faculty at the Department of English and Applied Linguistics, De La Salle University-Manila. He recently earned his PhD in Language, Discourse and Communication from the National University of Singapore and King’s College London. His dissertation investigated the discursive construction of citizenship in Singapore through linguistic ethnography, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and metapragmatics. His papers have appeared in international publications, such as in volumes published by Channel View Publications and the Oxford University Press.