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LINGUIST List 19.3511

Tue Nov 18 2008

Books: Discipline of Linguistics: Rasinger

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        1.    Luke Roberts, Quantitative Research in Linguistics: Rasinger

Message 1: Quantitative Research in Linguistics: Rasinger
Date: 17-Nov-2008
From: Luke Roberts <lrobertscontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Quantitative Research in Linguistics: Rasinger
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Title: Quantitative Research in Linguistics
Subtitle: An Introduction
Published: 2008
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Author: Sebastian M. Rasinger
Hardback: ISBN: 0826496024 9780826496027 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

This textbook presents a comprehensive introduction to analysing
quantitative linguistic data. Starting with an in-depth examination of what
quantitative data is, and how it differs from qualitative data, the book
examines what the linguist is trying to find out through analysing data,
and how quantitative techniques can help him or her to arrive at meaningful
and accurate conclusions.

The book introduces: - using statistics, variables, reliability of data,
describing data, analysing data, testing hypotheses and dealing with
problematic data. Each chapter includes graphs and figures explaining
theory through worked examples, chapter summaries, and exercises to aid
student understanding. An appendix containing a summary of statistical
formulae, excel commands and statistical tables is included and is an
invaluable resource.

Presenting a down-to-earth and readable introduction to quantitative
research, this book is a useful how-to guide for students encountering
quantitative data for the first time, or for postgraduates embarking on
linguistic research projects.

Sebastian M. Rasinger is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English
Language at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

"For the maths-shy linguistics student with no statistics training, this
long-needed, reader-friendly book demystifies what quantitative research is
and how it's done. Assuming no prior knowledge, students are introduced to
various research methods and shown the steps to designing, analysing and
interpreting data. Statistical analyses are brilliantly explained and
illustrated with examples from published research with which students will
already be familiar."
-Barbara Allen, University of Sussex, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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