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Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation

by Sali A. Tagliamonte

Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation Synopsis

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.

Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation Press Reviews

'Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation will be of most use to graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are already familiar with the ideas and goals of sociolinguistics, and who need to know how to conduct their own research, or participate in larger collaborative research projects. I am sure that the offices and labs of variationists everywhere will soon be identifiable by the presence of well-thumbed copies of this book.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics I cannot speak authoritatively for the field of sociolinguistics, but I have seen little comparable elsewhere in linguistics wrapped up into one single book--conducting students through an entire research project from beginning to end and relating individual steps in the use of a statistical/mathematical tool to concrete linguistic phenomena and linguistic theory. This book will be a must in advanced sociolinguistic courses, and certainly a must for any sociolinguist studying variation. Further, any graduate student in linguistics or field lingiust wanting to know how to design, conduct, and present a research project will profit by studying this book. - Terry Malone, SIL Electronic Book Reviews 2007-08

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521771153
Publication date: 11th May 2006
Author: Sali A. Tagliamonte
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 300 pages
Categories: Sociolinguistics,

About Sali A. Tagliamonte

Sali Tagliamonte is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

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