Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics

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Designed for newcomers to the field as well as postgraduates looking for an entry point, this series covers the core topics in sociolinguistics. Volumes are discursive, accessibly written and offer both a critical overview as well as insights derived from the authors' own research. As a whole, the series provides a comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics.

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Overview

Designed for newcomers to the field as well as postgraduates looking for an entry point, this series covers the core topics in sociolinguistics. Volumes are discursive, accessibly written and offer both a critical overview as well as insights derived from the authors' own research. As a whole, the series provides a comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics.

This textbook introduces students to the ways in which techniques from corpus linguistics can be used to aid sociolinguistic research. Corpus linguistics shares with variationist sociolinguistics a quantitative approach to the study of variation or differences between populations. It may also complement qualitative traditions of enquiry such as interactional sociolinguistics.

This text covers a range of different topics within sociolinguistics:

Analysing demographic variation

Comparing language use across different cultures

Examining language change over time

Studying transcripts of spoken interactions

Identifying attitudes or discourses.

Written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociolinguistics, or corpus linguists who wish to use corpora to study social phenomena, this textbook examines how corpora can be drawn on to investigate synchronic variation, diachronic change and the construction of discourses. It refers to several classic corpus-based studies as well as the author's own research. Original analyses of a number of corpora including the British National Corpus, the Survey of English Dialects and the Brown family of corpora are complemented by a new corpus of written British English collected around 2006 for the purposes of writing the book.

Techniques of analysis like concordancing, keywords and collocations are discussed, along with corpus annotation and statistical procedures such as chi-squared tests and clustering. Paul Baker takes a critical approach to using corpora in sociolinguistics, outlining the limitations of the approach as well as its advantages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748627363
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2010
  • Series: Edinburgh Sociolinguistics Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Baker is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. He is the coauthor of A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics and editor of the journal Corpora.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1

Sociolinguistics: variation and change 2

Corpus linguistics: definition and a few myths 5

Types of corpora 12

Corpus annotation 15

Corpus processes 19

Outline of the book 28

2 Corpora and sociolinguistic variation 31

Introduction 31

Demographic variation 31

Variation across registers 44

Spoken corpora and phonetic/prosodic variation 49

Conclusion 56

3 Diachronic variation 57

Introduction 57

Meet the Brown family - small but well balanced 59

Language change = cultural change? 68

Historical corpora 75

Conclusion 79

4 Synchronic variation 81

Introduction 81

Global varieties of English 81

Comparing cultures 85

The British lag? 89

Measuring similarity 91

Comparing spoken and computer-mediated varieties 96

Conclusion 100

5 Corpora and interpersonal communication 102

Introduction 102

Transcription 103

Prosodic analysis 105

Typicality in the analysis of interpersonal communication 108

Collocations and frames 113

Discourse markers 116

Conclusion 120

6 Uncovering discourses 121

Introduction 121

Frequency as an indicator of markedness 125

Collocations: unpacking ideological assumptions 127

Concordances and prosodies 132

Keywords: finding a point of entry 133

Points of concern 141

Conclusion 143

7 Conclusion 146

Introduction 146

Construction and access 147

Annotation 149

Analysis 150

Interpretation and explanation 152

New directions 154

References 157

Appendix 169

Notes 179

Index 183

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