Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation (Key Topics in by Sali A. Tagliamonte

By Sali A. Tagliamonte

The examine of the way language varies in social context, and the way it may be analyzed and accounted for, are the major objectives of sociolinguistics. before, in spite of the fact that, the particular instruments and techniques were principally handed on via 'word of mouth', instead of being officially documented. this is often the 1st complete 'how to' advisor to the formal research of sociolinguistic edition. It exhibits step by step how the research is performed, top the reader via each degree of a examine venture from begin to end. issues lined contain fieldwork, info association and administration, research and interpretation, offering study effects, and writing up a paper. sensible and casual, the publication comprises all of the details had to behavior a fully-fledged sociolinguistic research, and comprises workouts, checklists, references and insider information. it really is set to develop into a vital source for college students, researchers and fieldworkers embarking on study tasks in sociolinguistics.

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2004): (9) a. work in pairs b. e. not after a long weekend, not on a rainy day, not between 2pm and 4pm, not after a big sports win, etc. c. ring the doorbell and knock on the door d. tell the prospective informant about the project e. ’ f. ideally, conduct an interview on the spot; if not, suggest a time and book it g. call to remind the informant about the interview the night before Tip The best fieldwork advice I ever got was before I left on my fieldwork expedition to Nova Scotia in the spring of 1991.

This, of course, causes the interviewee to act in the same way – exactly what you do not want. If you can, naturally and appropriately approximate the vernacular used by the informant. If you are relaxed and speaking informally, the informant is likely to, as well. ASK SHORT QUE STIONS Another technique is simply to ask short questions. Questions formulated without preparation tend to be quite long, with many restarts. Labov (1984: 34) suggests that each question should take less than five seconds to deliver, and in many cases, less than one second, as in (20).

12) a. Interviewer: So have you always had dogs in your family? (YRK/Z) b. But, I thought the Beatles were wonderful. Interviewer: Right, did you ever go and see them in concert? (YRK/t) Some questions are too personal. ’ If this information is offered, OK; but such prying questions about money and someone’s personal affairs are not appropriate. As a general rule do not ask questions dealing with serious violence, rape, incest, etc. You may get into something you do not have the training to handle.

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