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Statistics for Linguists

  • 7.5 credits

This Master's level course provides knowledge about basic statistical methods and tools used in linguistic research.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Linguistics!


All students at Stockholm University must register prior to every semester. Registration will be open in August and you will find more information on our website
Note! If you are conditionally accepted to a course, you need to prove your eligibility with the required documents.

Education online Autumn 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic, our courses will be given online this fall. Exceptions are made for a few courses that will have certain elements on campus. Read more


You will find contact details and more information on our website

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Statistics for Linguists provides knowledge about basic statistical methods and statistical tools used in linguistic research. The characteristics, usability, and pros and cons of the various statistical methods are discussed. Implementation of statistical methods in software is an important focus of the course. The areas primarily concerned are: - descriptive statistics; measures of location and dispersion, types of scales - the basics of probability theory; the concept of probability; conditional probability, statistical independence - probability distribution - methods of inference; sampling, estimation, significance analysis, confidence intervals and tests, power functions, statistical model - analysis of qualitative data; chi square analysis - regression and correlation - analysis of variation (ANOVA).

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, group discussions and lab sessions. The language of instruction is English.


    The course is examined on the basis of written assignments and a take-home exam.


    Marcin Wlodarczak

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Student Affairs Office, Departement of Linguistics

    Södra huset, C 378
    Visiting hours for students
    Tuesdays 9.00-10.00
    Wednesdays 13.00-15.00
    Thursdays 9.00-11.00 and 13.00-16.00
    +46 8 16 23 47

    Director of Studies

    Sofia Gustafson-Capková
    +46 8 16 34 88