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Research Methods in Language Variation and Change

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Manfred Krug, Julia Schlüter, Anette Rosenbach, Daniel Schreier, Lynn Clark, Graeme Trousdale, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr, Katrin Sell, Thomas Hoffmann, Günter Rohdenburg, Marianne Hundt, Christian Mair, Sebastian Hoffmann, Nicholas Smith, Elena Seoane, Ulrike Gut, Donka Minkova, Marilyn Ford, Joan Bresnan, Lieselotte Anderwald, Bernd Kortmann, Heikki Mannila, Terttu Nevalainen, Helena Raumolin-Brunberg, Stefan Th. Gries, Sali A. Tagliamonte, Douglas Biber, Bethany Gray, April McMahon, Warren Maguire, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
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  • Date Published: December 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181860

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  • Methodological know-how has become one of the key qualifications in contemporary linguistics, which has a strong empirical focus. Containing 23 chapters, each devoted to a different research method, this volume brings together the expertise and insight of a range of established practitioners. The chapters are arranged in three parts, devoted to three different stages of empirical research: data collection, analysis and evaluation. In addition to detailed step-by-step introductions and illustrative case studies focusing on variation and change in English, each chapter addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology and concludes with suggestions for further reading. This systematic, state-of-the-art survey is ideal for both novice researchers and professionals interested in extending their methodological repertoires. The book also has a companion website which provides readers with further information, links, resources, demonstrations, exercises and case studies related to each chapter.

    • This systematic, state-of-the-art survey is ideal for both novice researchers and professionals interested in extending their methodological repertoires
    • Arranged in three parts, each part devoted to a different stage of empirical research: data collection, analysis and evaluation
    • Contains 23 chapters, each devoted to a different research method
    • Each chapter addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology and concludes with suggestions for further reading
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    Advance Praise: "This is a very important book providing concrete, useful, and important information on the major research methodologies employed by those doing empirical research in the areas of language variation and change." Charles F. Meyer, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Boston

    "This comprehensive and clear volume constitutes a 'one-stop shop' for anyone embarking on a research project in language variation and change and will be essential reading for graduate and advanced undergraduate students." --Joan Beal, Professor of English Language, University of Sheffield.

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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181860
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 176 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 7 maps 69 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: investigating language variation and change Manfred Krug, Julia Schlüter and Anette Rosenbach
    Part I. Collecting Empirical Data: Section 1. Fieldwork and Linguistic Mapping:
    1. Collecting ethnographic and sociolinguistic data Daniel Schreier
    2. Using participant observation and social network analysis Lynn Clark and Graeme Trousdale
    3. Computer mapping of language data William A. Kretzschmar, Jr
    Section 2. Eliciting Linguistic Data:
    4. Designing and conducting interviews and questionnaires Manfred Krug and Katrin Sell
    5. Obtaining introspective acceptability judgements Thomas Hoffmann
    Section 3. Alternatives to Standard Reference Corpora:
    6. Using historical literature databases as corpora Julia Schlüter
    7. Using the OED quotations database as a diachronic corpus Günter Rohdenburg
    8. Using web-based data for the study of global English Marianne Hundt
    Part II. Analysing Empirical Data: Section 4. Corpus Analysis:
    9. Using 'small' corpora to document ongoing grammatical change Christian Mair
    10. Using tag sequences to retrieve grammatical structures Sebastian Hoffmann
    11. Categorizing syntactic constructions in a corpus Nicholas Smith and Elena Seoane
    Section 5. Phonetic and Phonological Analysis:
    12. Analysing phonetic and phonological variation on the segmental level Ulrike Gut
    13. Analysing phonetic and phonological variation on the suprasegmental level Ulrike Gut
    14. Reconstructing stress in Old and Middle English Donka Minkova
    Section 6. Combinations of Multiple Types of Data:
    15. Combining elicitation data with corpus data Anette Rosenbach
    16. Using convergent evidence from psycholinguistics and usage Marilyn Ford and Joan Bresnan
    17. Applying typological methods in dialectology Lieselotte Anderwald and Bernd Kortmann
    Part III. Evaluating Empirical Data: Section 7. Basic Statistical Analysis:
    18. Quantifying variation and estimating the effects of sample size on the frequencies of linguistic variables Heikki Mannila, Terttu Nevalainen and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg
    19. Elementary statistical testing with R Stefan Th. Gries
    Section 8. Multifactorial Analysis:
    20. Analysing and interpreting variation in the sociolinguistic tradition Sali A. Tagliamonte
    21. Identifying multidimensional patterns of variation across registers Douglas Biber and Bethany Gray
    22. Computing linguistic distances between varieties April McMahon and Warren Maguire
    23. Analysing aggregated linguistic data Benedikt Szmrecsanyi.

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    Manfred Krug, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany
    Manfred Krug is Chair of English and Historical Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Bamberg.

    Julia Schlüter, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany
    Julia Schlüter is Associate Professor of English and Historical Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Bamberg.

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    Manfred Krug, Julia Schlüter, Anette Rosenbach, Daniel Schreier, Lynn Clark, Graeme Trousdale, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr, Katrin Sell, Thomas Hoffmann, Günter Rohdenburg, Marianne Hundt, Christian Mair, Sebastian Hoffmann, Nicholas Smith, Elena Seoane, Ulrike Gut, Donka Minkova, Marilyn Ford, Joan Bresnan, Lieselotte Anderwald, Bernd Kortmann, Heikki Mannila, Terttu Nevalainen, Helena Raumolin-Brunberg, Stefan Th. Gries, Sali A. Tagliamonte, Douglas Biber, Bethany Gray, April McMahon, Warren Maguire, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

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