Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation

ISBN-10: 0521778182

ISBN-13: 9780521778183

Edition: 2006

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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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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

Preface
Notes on codes and abbreviations
Introduction
Data collection
The sociolinguistic interview
Data, data and more data
The linguistic variable
Formulating hypotheses/operationalising claims
The variable rule program: theory and practice
The how-to's of a variationist analysis
Distributional analysis
Multivariate analysis
Interpreting your results
Finding the story
Glossary of terms
References
Index
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