Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, an Introduction, Second Edition

By Brasart, Charles | European English Messenger, Summer 2015 | Go to article overview

Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, an Introduction, Second Edition


Brasart, Charles, European English Messenger


Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, An Introduction, Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury, 286 pp., ISBN 978-1-4411-8010-0.

This is the second edition of Sebastian Rasinger's introduction to the research methods used in quantitative linguistics. It is a clear and concise textbook for students with little or no background in statistical methods, and will guide the reader from the very basics on to more advanced concepts, with an emphasis on Microsoft Excel as a companion program for statistical calculations.

The book is divided into three parts. The first one is an extremely readable introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative research, including an in-depth look at statistical variables, research planning, questionnaire design, data collection and ethics. The second part is concerned with what to do with data. It is a very hands-on approach to understanding and analyzing statistical data, with easy-to-follow explanations of how statistical tests are used and for what kind of data. Both parts one and two include a diverse range of exercises for the reader to make sure they have mastered the tools they have just read about. The third part, which is quite short, provides a very useful and practical introduction to meta- analysis, a quick discussion of other tests and software, and solutions to the exercises. All in all, project design, data collection and data analysis are explained in a clear, no-nonsense, step-by-step fashion, and the reader will put the book down with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of statistics.

From a practical point of view, Rasinger's book is just that--practical. The author intelligently chose to draw his examples from actual linguistic research, which most students will probably be familiar with (for instance Labov's work on the social stratification of /r/ or Lakoffs study of women's speech). The inclusion of keywords at the beginning of chapters makes the book extremely simple to browse through when searching for a specific item; "further reading" sections at the end of each chapter, with comments from the author, are particularly useful, and chapter 11 provides handy tables of critical values for various tests.

Rasinger manages to break down statistical concepts into extremely easy-to- understand bits, which will be invaluable for those students for whom the word "statistics" is an object of dread. Never once does he lose the reader, which is a feat in itself and makes it easier to read than Johnson's 2008 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics, for instance, which would be my choice textbook for beginners, were it a little less dense. As anyone who has had to teach (or learn) statistics knows, it can be a daunting process, especially for students who fear anything mathematical. In that respect, Rasinger's book is as reader-friendly as can be. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, an Introduction, Second Edition
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.