Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation

Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation

by Sali A. Tagliamonte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521771153

ISBN-13: 9780521771153

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The study of how language varies in social context, and how it can be analyzed and accounted for, are the key goals of sociolinguistics. Until now, however, the actual tools and methods have been largely passed on through 'word of mouth', rather than being formally documented. This is the first comprehensive 'how to' guide to the formal analysis of sociolinguistic…  See more details below

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The study of how language varies in social context, and how it can be analyzed and accounted for, are the key goals of sociolinguistics. Until now, however, the actual tools and methods have been largely passed on through 'word of mouth', rather than being formally documented. This is the first comprehensive 'how to' guide to the formal analysis of sociolinguistic variation. It shows step-by-step how the analysis is carried out, leading the reader through every stage of a research project from start to finish. Topics covered include fieldwork, data organization and management, analysis and interpretation, presenting research results, and writing up a paper. Practical and informal, the book contains all the information needed to conduct a fully-fledged sociolinguistic investigation, and includes exercises, checklists, references and insider tips. It is set to become an essential resource for students, researchers and fieldworkers embarking on research projects in sociolinguistics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521771153
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Data collection17
3The sociolinguistic interview37
4Data, data and more data50
5The linguistic variable70
6Formulating hypotheses/operationalising claims99
7The variable rule program : theory and practice128
8The how-to's of a variationist analysis158
9Distributional analysis191
10Multivariate analysis217
11Interpreting your results235
12Finding the story254

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