Research Methods in Sociolinguistics: A Practical Guide

Research Methods in Sociolinguistics: A Practical Guide

by Janet Holmes
     
 

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This single-volume guide equips students of sociolinguistics with a full set of methodological tools including data collection and analysis techniques, explained in clear and accessible terms by leading experts. It features project suggestions, troubleshooting tips, and data assessment across diverse languages.

  • Explores an array of anthropological and

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This single-volume guide equips students of sociolinguistics with a full set of methodological tools including data collection and analysis techniques, explained in clear and accessible terms by leading experts. It features project suggestions, troubleshooting tips, and data assessment across diverse languages.

  • Explores an array of anthropological and scientific methods that cover the full spectrum of contemporary sociolinguistics, from the study of style and discourse analysis to the study of phonetics
  • Details the types of data available, and explains collection methods ranging from sociolinguistic interviews to linguistic landscapes
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of data analysis, subdivided into segments on linguistic and socio-cultural techniques, and linked to numerous languages
  • Includes useful summaries, seasoned advice and troubleshooting tips, ideas for research projects, and a full directory of supplementary reading

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book is an invaluable aid for student researchers eager to produce high-quality, impactful sociolinguistic research. The editors of this volume have met their goal of providing the student with the theoretical framework, historical background, and methodological tools required to execute an array of different research endeavors within the field.”  (LINGUIST List, 8 December 2014)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470673607
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Series:
GMLZ - Guides to Research Methods in Language and Linguistics Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Short and highly focused chapters written by practitioners of sociolinguistics all over the world give this book a snappy feel. Each chapter is highly practical, even down to offering suggested project topics, and by including boxed highlights and flow charts this volume is likely to be widely used for teaching and (I bet) for structuring advanced research.”
Miriam Meyerhoff, University of Auckland

"Research Methods in Sociolinguistics is a remarkably comprehensive and useful compendium of current methods in the field, ranging from the conception and establishment of a research project to the collection, processing, and presentation of data. A forward-looking, benchmark collection founded solidly in the traditions of the field!"
Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

“This volume is like having the wisdom of Sociolinguistics at your fingertips. Whether you want to go to the field or the library, analyze words or interactions, study languages, dialects or sociolects, chart, map or quantify, this is the go-to book for the 21st century.”
Sali A. Tagliamonte, University of Toronto

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Meet the Author

Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her sociolinguistics teaching focuses on workplace discourse, New Zealand English, and language and gender. She is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace (LWP) project and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her many publications include The Handbook of Language and Gender (edited with M. Meyerhoff, Wiley-Blackwell, 2003), Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity (with M. Marra and B. Vine, 2011), and An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Fourth Edition (2013).

Kirk Hazen is Professor of Linguistics and director of the West Virginia Dialect Project at West Virginia University. He is the author of Dialect Change and Maintenance on the Outer Banks (with W. Wolfram and N. Schilling-Estes, 1998), Identity and Ethnicity in the Rural South: A Sociolinguistic View through Past and Present Be (2000), and An Introduction to Language (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

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