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Thinking Sociolinguistically

How to Plan, Conduct and Present Your Research Project

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This is a practical guide to planning, conducting and presenting a sociolinguistic research project. Written in an accessible and engaging style, the book begins with a brief review of what sociolinguists study and how they...

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This is a practical guide to planning, conducting and presenting a sociolinguistic research project. Written in an accessible and engaging style, the book begins with a brief review of what sociolinguists study and how they study it, before guiding students step-by-step through the research process. It presents a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including surveys, interviews and corpora, supported by examples from both published researchers and student projects. Drawing on the experiences of their own students, the authors provide supportive guidance on common areas of difficulty, such as framing questions, selecting participants and interpreting data. The final part shows you how to organise and write up your findings. Chapters are further enriched with hands-on activities and discussion questions.

This is an essential companion for budding sociolinguistic researchers with a desire to understand the linguistic landscapes around them and communicate their findings to others.          

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  • Takes a practical approach to the key research methods and approaches in sociolinguistics, with engaging activities throughout
  • Contains international examples of research which address a variety of languages and research contexts alongside suggestions for further reading
  • Supplemented with examples of student research that will inform and inspire readers in their own work
  • Includes an extensive glossary of key terms
  • Is supported by a companion website with additional resources to help students develop their research skills


Introduction
Part One: Thinking Sociolinguistically
1. What is Sociolinguistics Research?
2. Getting Started with a Sociolinguistic Research Project
Part Two: Data Collection Methods in Sociolinguistics
3. Survey Data
4. Interviews
5. Participant Observation
6. Linguistic Landscape and Computer-mediated Data Sources
Part Three: Data Analysis Methods in Sociolinguistics
7. Qualitative Data Analysis
8. Discourse Analysis
9. Statistical Analysis
10. Corpus Data Analysis
Part Four: Putting it all Together and Finding Your Voice
11. Organizing Your Research Paper
12. Sounding Like a Sociolinguist
Glossary
References
Index.

Unsure how to approach a sociolinguistics research project? Take a look at some sample assignments by the authors' own students, available on the companion website.

Access the companion website here: https://www.macmillanihe.com/companion/McPherron-Smoke-Thinking-Sociolinguistically/
Thinking Sociolinguistically provides a clear and accessible guide to researching language in society. This book will encourage readers to think about their own experiences with language and the social world and to question their assumptions. Chapters feature colourful examples and exercises help to get the creative juices flowing. – Janet M. Fuller, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
With its unique blend of practical step-by-step guides, homage to the works of established linguists, and candid insights into the messiness of social science research, I predict this volume will fast become a go-to primer for (future) applied linguists. – Tamara Sniad, Temple University College of Education, USA
This is a most engaging guide for students embarking on sociolinguistic projects large or small. Its discussion of different approaches, sample topics, and the tips on presentation of research and writing style will be invaluable to readers. – Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Paul McPherron and Trudy Smoke are based at Hunter College, which is part of the larger City University of New York system. They have taught sociolinguistics for many years, and the book has been inspired by their experiences of guiding their own students through the research process.

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Paul McPherron and Trudy Smoke are based at Hunter College, which is part of the larger City University of New York system. They have taught sociolinguistics for many years, and the book has been inspired by their experiences of guiding their own students through the research process.

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