By Lesley Milroy
Sociolinguistics: process and Interpretation presents an intensive and sensible description of present sociolinguistic method whereas spotting that methodological judgements can by no means be separated from questions of theory.
- Presents a radical and functional description of present sociolinguistic technique.
- Considers a number matters together with speaker choice, information assortment, social issues, phonological and syntactical edition, style-shifting and code-switching.
- Recognizes that methodological judgements can by no means be separated from questions of idea.
- Stresses the necessity for the whole learn technique from the preliminary layout of the venture to the translation of effects to be grounded in theoretically defensible positions.
- Shows how the examine paradigm tested via a couple of influential pioneers has been fruitfully increased by means of interesting new trends.
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It is important to appreciate that the ﬁeld methods of traditional dialectology were not devised to survey patterns of contemporary language use as an end in itself, but to offer a means of answering questions about the earlier history of the language within the philological tradition of the nineteenth century. The main objective was to study contemporary reﬂexes of older linguistic forms in their natural setting, concentrating on speakers and locations that were relatively free from external inﬂuence.
When the relevant social categories are not readily speciﬁable by demographic criteria, a much greater responsibility falls to the investigator. What is required is a thorough knowledge of the community that typically comes from long-term participant observation or other ethnographic methods. As Eckert (2000: 69) describes, “Rather than testing hypotheses against predetermined categories, ethnography is, among other things, a search for local categories. 1 for further discussion of this study).
Deciding how the sample will be drawn is just one issue the researcher must face in designing a variationist survey. Gillian Sankoff (1980a) details three different kinds of decisions that the researcher must make about sampling procedures: 1 2 3 Deﬁning the sampling universe. That is, to delineate, at least roughly, the boundaries of the group or community in which one is interested. An adequate sample frame to investigate group members may then be sought. Assessing the relevant dimensions of variation within the community.
Sociolinguistics : method and interpretation by Lesley Milroy