Experimental Research Tools

Literature Review for Research Techniques

  • Psycholinguistic tool for the assessment of language loss: The HALA project

    Description: An easy-to-use psycholinguistic measure of language strength, a body-part naming task, is described.

    Source: O’Grady, W. et al. (2009). A psycholinguistic tool for the assessment of language loss: The HALA project. Language Documentation and Conservation, 3(1), 100-112.

    For more information on the HALA project, click here.

  • Measuring implicit and explicit linguistic knowledge. What can heritage language learners contribute?

    Description: Validates Ellis' (2005) battery of tests that measure both implicit and explicit knowledge of the L2, and extends the use of these tests to HL students (of Spanish).

    Source: Bowles, M. (2011). Measuring implicit and explicit linguistic knowledge. What can heritage language learners contribute? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 33(2), 247-271.

  • Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research

    Description: Provides information on the most frequently used methods in language acquisition research. Practical discussions of experimental methods, the rationale behind these, and advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Source: Blom, E. & Unsworth, S. (2010). Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

  • Second Language Research: Methodology and Design

    Description: Describes research methodology and design for those involved in second language studies.

    Source: Mackey, A. & Gass, S. (2005). Second language research: Methodology and design. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Data elicitation for second and foreign language research

    Description: Guides second language researchers in deciding which data-gathering techniques may be most appropriate and fruitful in given research domains.

    Source: Gass, S. & Mackey, A. (2007). Data Elicitation for second and foreign language research. New York: Routledge.

  • Using priming methods in second language research

    Description: Introduces the use of auditory, semantic, and syntactic priming methods for second language processing and acquisition research.

    Source: McDonough, K. & Trofimovich, P. (2009). Using priming methods in second language research. New York: Routledge.

  • An introduction to event-related potential technique

    Description: Guide to the theory and practice (design, interpretation, and methods of conducting) ERP experiments.

    Source: Luck, S. J. (2005). An introduction to event-related potential technique. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Questionnaires in second language research: Construction, administration, and processing

    Description: Guide to the production and use of questionnaires as reliable and valid research instruments in second language research.

  • Stimulated recall methodology in second language research

    Description: Provides a "how-to" guide for researchers wanting to use stimulated recall, including transcribing, coding, and analyzing data.

    Source: Gass, S. & Mackey, Al. (2000). Stimulated recall methodology in second language research. New York: Routledge.

  • The think-aloud controversy in second language research

    Description: Discusses the validity and uses of think-alouds, verbal reports completed by research participants while they perform a task.

    Source: Bowles, M. (2010). The think-aloud controversy in second language research. New York: Routledge.

  • FMRI Center, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

    Description: Background and uses of functional magnetic resonance imaging.

    Source: To visit the FMRI Center's website, click here.  

  • Magnitude estimation

    Description: Magnitude estimation is a technique used in psychophysics to measure judgments of sensory stimuli.

    Source: To visit the Magnitude Estimation website, click here.

  • Research methods in second language psycholinguistics

    Description: A resource that provides information on the current methods in psycholinguistics with a special focus on second language research.

    Source: Jegerski, J. & VanPatten, B. (2014). Research methods in second language psycholinguistics. New York: Routledge.