LingPhil course in Eye Tracking at UiT, October 9-11


Eye tracking is an integral methodology used in a number of subfields of linguistics including, psycholinguistics, (first- and second-language) acquisition, and even formal grammar. The goal of this course is to provide PhD. student and other researchers with an in-depth introduction to eye tracking, with special attention paid to how the method can be used to investigate questions of grammatical representation and real-time language use across diverse populations (e.g. children, adults, and non-native speakers). The course will be taught by Akira Omaki and Sol Lago who both have long experience of working with eye tracking in different types of speaker groups. There will be a focus on language learning and the development of grammar and processing in different types of learners (adults, children). The following issues will be covered:

  • Eye tracking in first and second language research
  • Reading studies and the visual world paradigm
  • How to set up a basic eye tracking experiment
  • Analysis of eye-tracking data and presentation of results
  • Language processing and its relation to grammar

The course will consist of 8 lectures from Monday to Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday will have two classes before lunch and one class after lunch. Wednesday will only have classes before lunch.The course will also be open for MA students even though they can not take it for credit.


Researcher Sol Lago, University of Potsdam

Assistant Professor Akira Omaki, University of Washington


Requirements for 5ECTS

  • Complete assigned readings before and during the course.
  • Attend all lectures
  • Write a detailed description of an eye tracking experiment that relates to the student’s PhD topic. The description should include a description of the material that could be used, the group of speakers that should be tested, and most importantly, what research question the eye tracking experiment could answer.



Associate Professor Dave Kush, NTNU,

Researcher Björn Lundquist, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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