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Open day at the RCEP on December 3, 2008

After the vast amount of positive feedback from the first RCEP Open Day in May 2008, BAEL staff decided to change the successful format only slightly. On December 3 participants again had the chance to tinker with a variety of methods of data collection used in linguistics. This time, however, a new set of up-to-date methods were on offer.

Participants experienced how it feels to fill in a questionnaire and at the same time verbalize all that comes into their minds. Afterwards they discussed which information such Think-Aloud data provides and how it can be used in linguistics. They also tested a new keylogging software, Translog, that has so far been used in translation studies and writing research only. After exploring the basic features of Translog, participants collected ideas how this method can be applied to other areas of linguistic research as well. Last but not least, students got to work with web-based language corpora and discovered that not all corpora are equally suited for every kind of research.

The RCEP Open Day again provided a good opportunity for students to get to know methods used in linguistics - both from the researcher's and the guinea pig's perspective. To our pleasure, even pupils from regional secondary schools found their way to the RCEP this time. The Open Day offered them valuable insights into contemporary linguistics research which will hopefully help them decide on a study program focused on the English language.

about the RCEP ?


December 3, 2008

Projects started at 10 am and 2 pm


Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics (RCEP)

Walter-Flex-Strasse 3,
53113 Bonn, Germany
Room 336 / 337 (third floor)

For directions see map below

Directions to the Research Centre for Emprirical Pragmatics at Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn. If you cannot see it, please contact for individual instructions.

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