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LG 554

Analyzing Language in Society - Research Methods

Prof Peter L Patrick

Dept of Language & Linguistics

University of Essex


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Autumn term 2017 Calendar

Class meetings: Wed 11am 1pm, in room 3.407


Wed 11 Oct

Week 2

Introduction. Research experiences, methods, questions. Doing sociolinguistics. Definitions, histories.

Wed 18 Oct

Week 3

Methodological themes. Types of data & data collection. Recording speech: Digital technology, microphones.

Wed 25 Oct

Week 4

Ethics: Consent/releases. Sampling: Social surveys.

Wed 1 Nov

Week 5

Observation. Ethnography. Sociolinguistic interviews I.

Wed 08 Nov

Week 6

Sociolinguistic interviews II. Interview modules. Records/archiving.

Wed 15 Nov

Week 7

Variation analysis. Linguistic variables.

Wed 22 Nov

Week 8

Catching up on work. First assignment due Thurs 23 Nov.

Wed 29 Nov

Week 9

Narrative analysis.

Wed 06 Dec

Week 10

Rapid/anonymous elicitation tasks.

Wed 13 Dec

Week 11

Social network measures. 2nd assignment due Thu 14 Dec.


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