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Title: Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics
Written By: Paul Baker
URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/978-0-7486-2735-6
Description:

This textbook introduces students to the ways in which techniques from
corpus linguistics can be used to aid sociolinguistic research. Corpus
linguistics shares with variationist sociolinguistics a quantitative
approach to the study of variation or differences between populations. It
may also complement qualitative traditions of enquiry such as interactional
sociolinguistics.

This text covers a range of different topics within sociolinguistics:

- Analysing demographic variation
- Comparing language use across different cultures
- Examining language change over time
- Studying transcripts of spoken interactions
- Identifying attitudes or discourses.

Written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociolinguistics, or
corpus linguists who wish to use corpora to study social phenomena, this
textbook examines how corpora can be drawn on to investigate synchronic
variation, diachronic change and the construction of discourses. It refers
to several classic corpus-based studies as well as the author's own
research. Original analyses of a number of corpora including the British
National Corpus, the Survey of English Dialects and the Brown family of
corpora are complemented by a new corpus of written British English
collected around 2006 for the purposes of writing the book.

Techniques of analysis like concordancing, keywords and collocations are
discussed, along with corpus annotation and statistical procedures such as
chi-squared tests and clustering. Paul Baker takes a critical approach to
using corpora in sociolinguistics, outlining the limitations of the
approach as well as its advantages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0748627359
ISBN-13: 9780748627356
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 70.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0748627367
ISBN-13: 9780748627363
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 22.99