Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation / Edition 2

Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation / Edition 2

by Lesley Milroy, Matthew Gordon, Gordon
     
 

Questions of how to access and analyze actual language use are central to the study of language in its social context. Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation presents a thorough and practical description of current sociolinguistic methodology while recognizing that methodological decisions can never be separated from questions of theory. The result

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Questions of how to access and analyze actual language use are central to the study of language in its social context. Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation presents a thorough and practical description of current sociolinguistic methodology while recognizing that methodological decisions can never be separated from questions of theory. The result is a critical account that stresses the need for the entire research process, from the initial design of the project to the interpretation of results, to be grounded in theoretically defensible positions.

Milroy and Gordon show how the research paradigm established by a few influential pioneers has been fruitfully expanded by new trends. Sociolinguistics considers issues of speaker selection and data collection; social dimensions of linguistic variation; syntactic and phonological variation; and style-shifting and code-switching. This book is a vital resource for helping readers design their research and evaluate the research of others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222255
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Series:
Language in Society Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Sociolinguistics: Models and Methods1
2Locating and Selecting Subjects23
3Data Collection49
4Language Variation and the Social World: Issues in Analysis and Interpretation88
5Social Relationships and Social Practices116
6Investigating Phonological Variation136
7Beyond Phonology: Analyzing and Interpreting Higher Level Variation169
8Style-Shifting and Code-Switching198
9Epilogue223
Notes227
References230
Index257

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