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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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SUOMA7 Introduction to research methodology 5 ECTS
Organised by
Finnish Language
Person in charge
Professor and assistant

Learning outcomes

To introduce students to the methods used in Finnish language research, to presenting one’s own research material and to research reports.


Lectures (20 hrs) introduce the different fields of linguistic research, specifically from the point of view of collecting and reporting research material. In assignment classes (14 hrs) students devise an independent material collecting project based on a topic of their own group, which are a) sociolinguistic interview, b) expanding vocabulary and terminology, c) text and conversation analysis, and d) child language. Library personnel help students practice their information retrieval skills and use library databases and other material (4 hrs). A visit to The Research Institute for the Languages of Finland is a part of the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Exercises 18 h 0 h

Lectures and assignments.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Class participation, a written exam on Finno-Ugric transcription (see course literature), learning journal and a project.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Evaluation by modes of study and active participation in lectures and assignments.

Recommended year of study

2. year autumn

Study materials

Course material: see above. Supplementary reading: Terho Itkonen 1997: Nimestäjän opas. Suomalais-ugrilainen seura; Liisa Tainio (ed.) 1997: Keskustelunanalyysin perusteet. Vastapaino; plus literature selected by the course teacher. Selected readings concerning research methodology and academic writing. Antti Iivonen, Antti Sovijärvi & Reijo Aulanko, Foneettisen kirjoituksen kehitys ja nykytila. Helsingin yliopiston fonetiikan laitoksen monisteita 16. 1990.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
Intermediate Studies (Finnish Language)
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
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School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies