The Routledge Handbook of Experimental Linguistics provides an up-to-date and accessible overview of various ways in which experiments are used across all domains of linguistics and surveys the range of state-of-the-art methods that can be applied to analyse the language of populations with a wide range of linguistic profiles.

Each chapter provides a step-by-step introduction to theoretical and methodological challenges and critically presents a wide range of studies in various domains of experimental linguistics.

This handbook:

  • Provides a unified perspective on the data, methods and findings stemming from all experimental research in linguistics
  • Covers many different subfields of linguistics, including argumentation theory, discourse studies and typology
  • Provides an introduction to classical as well as new methods to conduct experiments such as eye tracking and brain imaging
  • Features a range of internationally renowned academics
  • Shows how experimental research can be used to study populations with various linguistic profiles, including young children, people with linguistic impairments, older adults, language learners and bilingual speakers

Providing readers with a wealth of theoretical and practical information in order to guide them in designing methodologically sound linguistic experiments, this handbook is essential reading for scholars and students researching in all areas of linguistics.

chapter |4 pages


The origins and importance of experimental linguistics
BySandrine Zufferey, Pascal Gygax

part I|180 pages

Focus on linguistic domains

chapter 2|17 pages

Experimental phonetics and phonology

ByIvana Didirková, Anne Catherine Simon

chapter 3|13 pages

Experimental morphology

ByVera Heyer

chapter 4|20 pages

Experimental syntax

ByYamila Sevilla, María Elina Sánchez

chapter 5|14 pages

Experimental semantics

ByStephanie Solt

chapter 6|21 pages

Experimental pragmatics

ByTomoko Matsui

chapter 7|14 pages

Experimental sociolinguistics

ByErez Levon

chapter 8|19 pages

Experimental studies in discourse

ByTed J. M. Sanders, Jet Hoek, Merel C. J. Scholman

chapter 9|17 pages

Experimental studies of argumentation

ByPeter J. Collins, Ulrike Hahn

chapter 10|17 pages

Experimental research in cross-linguistic psycholinguistics

BySebastian Sauppe, Caroline Andrews, Elisabeth Norcliffe

chapter 11|12 pages

Experimental methods to study distributed comprehension of action language

ByCarol Madden-Lombardi, William Dupont

part II|188 pages

Focus on experimental methods

chapter 12|14 pages

Eliciting spontaneous linguistic productions

ByJennifer Arnold

chapter 13|16 pages

Analysing speech perception

BySandra Schwab, Nathalie Giroud

chapter 14|18 pages

Contrasting online and offline measures

Examples from experimental research on linguistic relativity
BySayaka Sato, Norbert Vanek

chapter 15|15 pages

Cognitive processes involved in text comprehension

Walking the fine line between passive and strategic validating processes in reading
ByAnne E. Cook, Edward J. O'Brien

chapter 16|18 pages

Analysing reading with eye tracking

ByAnna Siyanova-Chanturia, Irina Elgort

chapter 17|15 pages

Analysing spoken language comprehension with eye tracking

ByYipu Wei, Michael K. Tanenhaus

chapter 18|16 pages

Mobile eye-tracking FOR multimodal interaction analysis

ByGeert Brône, Bert Oben

chapter 19|14 pages

Analysing language using brain imaging

ByTrisha Thomas, Francesca Pesciarelli, Clara D. Martin, Sendy Caffarra

chapter 20|17 pages

New directions in statistical analysis for experimental linguistics

ByShravan Vasishth

chapter 21|15 pages

Assessing adult linguistic competence

ByLydia White

chapter 22|11 pages

Dealing with participant variability in experimental linguistics

ByUte Gabriel, Pascal Gygax

chapter 23|17 pages

Testing in the lab and testing through the web

ByJonathan D. Kim

part III|113 pages

Focus on specific populations

chapter 24|15 pages

Experimental methods to study child language

ByTitia Benders, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Rosalind Thornton, Iris Mulders, Loes Koring

chapter 25|17 pages

Experimental methods to study atypical language development

ByPhaedra Royle, Émilie Courteau, Marie Pourquié

chapter 27|18 pages

Experimental methods for studying second language learners

ByAlan Juffs, Shaohua Fang

chapter 28|18 pages

Experimental methods to study bilinguals

ByRamesh Kumar Mishra, Seema Prasad

chapter 29|15 pages

Experimental methods to study cultural differences in linguistics

ByEvangelia Adamou

chapter 30|13 pages

Experimental methods to study late-life language learning

ByMerel Keijzer, Jelle Brouwer, Floor van den Berg, Mara van der Ploeg