Observing and Analysing Natural Language: A Critical Account of Sociolinguistic Method
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Language, Class and Community.
2. Obtaining Data in the Speech Community: Major Principles.
3. Studying Language in teh Community: The Fieldworker and the Social Network.
4. The Social Context of Speech Events.
5. The Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Data.
6. The Language of the Individual Speaker: Patterns of Variation and Network Structure.
7. Conclusions and Theoretical Implications.
Examines questions of how to access and analyze actual language use and study language in its social context
Integrates a thorough and practical description of current sociolinguistic methodology with a discussion of theory
- 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