Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics

Synopsis

Corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics have a great deal in common in terms of their basic approaches to language enquiry, particularly in terms of providing representative samples from a population and analysing quantitative information in order to study variation or differences between populations. It is therefore surprising that these two areas of linguistics are not utilised in concert more often. This book covers the range of ways in which corpora can be gainfully employed in sociolinguistic enquiry, critically discussing corpus analytical procedures such as frequencies, collocations, dispersions, keywords, key keywords and concordances. Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociolinguistics, or corpus linguists who wish to use corpora to study social phenomena, it examines how corpora can be used to investigate synchronic variation and diachronic change by referring to a number of classic corpus-based studies as well as the author's original research. Subjects covered include:
• Corpus building and annotation
• Exploiting existing corpora
• Corpus analytical tools and procedures
• Speaker variation (age, gender and social class)• Englishes around the world
• Diachronic change
• Interpersonal communication
• Discourse and ideologies
• Making interpretations
• Limitations of the corpus approach and combining corpus analysis with other methodologies.

Additional information

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2010