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Description - Sociolinguistics by Lesley Milroy

Questions of how to access and analyze actual language use are central to the study of language in its social context. Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation presents a thorough and practical description of current sociolinguistic methodology while recognizing that methodological decisions can never be separated from questions of theory. The result is a critical account that stresses the need for the entire research process, from the initial design of the project to the interpretation of results, to be grounded in theoretically defensible positions. Milroy and Gordon show how the research paradigm established by a few influential pioneers has been fruitfully expanded by new trends. Sociolinguistics considers issues of speaker selection and data collection: social dimensions of linguistic variation: syntactic and phonological variation: and style-shifting and code-switching. This book is a vital resource for helping readers design their research and evaluate the research of others.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631222255
ISBN-10: 0631222251
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lesley Milroy

Lesley Milroy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Authority in Language (third edition, 1999) and Language and Social Networks (second edition, Blackwell 1987). Matthew Gordon is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri--Columbia. He is the author of Small--Town Values, Big--City Vowels: A Study of the Northern Cities Shift in Michigan (2001).

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Authority in Language by Lesley Milroy
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One Speaker, Two Languages by Lesley Milroy
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Observing and Analysing Natural Language by Lesley Milroy
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Language and Social Networks by Lesley Milroy
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