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Sat Feb 20 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics/Text/Corpus Linguistics: Baker

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Message 1: Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics: Baker
Date: 18-Feb-2010
From: Victoria McCafferty <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics: Baker
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Title: Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics
Published: 2010
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
                http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/

Book URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/978-0-7486-2735-6

Author: Paul Baker
Hardback: ISBN: 9780748627356 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780748627363 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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