INTRODUCING THE PARAMETERS

Because the scope of language research is so broad and there are so many variables involved, it is sometimes difficult to find any hard and fast rules to follow when doing research.

On the next few screens you will see a useful set of interrelated and independent PARAMETERS to guide you as you plan language-related research. They are independent in that they can be considered separately. But they are interrelated because in actual practice researchers' choices within one parameter will influence choices in others.

The parameters are...

GENERAL APPROACH
Synthetic
(Holistic)
Analytic
(Constituent)

RESEARCH AIM
Deductive
(Hypothesis
Testing)
Heuristic
(Hypothesis
Generating)

CONTROL OVER THE RESEARCH CONTEXT
Low
High

EXPLICITNESS OF DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURES
Low
High