Christina Isabelli, PhD
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
The purpose of the research paper is to give you a hands-on introduction to linguistics research. This is not the kind of paper that you can knock off in a couple of weeks of intense efforts at the end of the semester; you will need to invest consistent time and effort in it over the course of the semester.
Proposal of research paper due: November 1, see course packet (p. 32) for the list of possible research paper topics.
The proposal should consist of the following 4 elements:
introduction and presentation
of the problem addressed.
I. Research questions. The answers should form main points.
II. Main point 1
A. Support for first main point
1. Evidence for point IA
2. More evidence for IA
B. Second support for first main point
1. Evidence for point IB
a. support for this evidence
b. more support for this evidence
2. More evidence for IBIII. Second main point
(and so on)
V. Annotated Bibliography (Obras citadas)
• Include relevant citations each with a one-sentence summary (minimum 5).
• The references will from full text sources found on the shelves or online from books or academic journals (I've listed some starting points below - do NOT cite encyclopedic websites like Wikipedia).
• Use the APA 6th edition referencing style. You don't need to have the books in your possession, but this is a good time to start requesting books and articles through interlibrary loan (however many are found on the Ames library shelves).
• If you need a tutorial, make an appointment with a librarian at the Ames Library, if you are already familiar with this process go to the Ames Library website. The books/articles take about 1 week to arrive during busy times in the semester.
• A good place to start is with the list of references I have listed on our course website.
• Article Indexes - Ames Library Database (start with Article1st, JSTOR, or Wilson Select Plus).
• Articles can be downloaded in full text format directly from the Ames Library electronic reserves page. Insert Isabelli in the search box. Click on Spn 403 (even though it says Intro to Spanish Linguistics). It'll prompt you to insert the password I gave out in class
- Language Variation and Change
- Studies on the History of the Spanish Language: from the Middle Ages to Modern Times
Proposal due: November 1
First draft of research paper due: November 15 - look at requirements in course packet p. 33
Final paper due: December 1- look at requirements in course packet
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