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.
Sali Tagliamonte is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.
1. Introduction; 2. Data collection; 3. The sociolinguistic interview; 4. Data, data and more data; 5. The linguistic variable; 6. Formulating hypothesis/operationalizing claims; 7. The variable rule program: theory and practice; 8. The 'how to's of a variationist analysis; 9. Distributional analysis; 10. Multivariate analysis; 11. Interpreting your results; 12. Finding the story.
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