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Critical Sociolinguistic Research Methods

Studying Language Issues That Matter, 1st Edition

By Monica Heller, Sari Pietikäinen, Joan Pujolar


208 pages | 50 Color Illus.

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Critical Sociolinguistic Research Methods is a guide to conducting concrete ethnographic and discourse analytic research projects, written by top scholars for students and researchers in social science fields. Adopting a critical perspective focusing on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, the authors walk the reader through five key moments in the life of a research project: composing research questions, designing the project, doing fieldwork, performing data analysis and writing academic texts or otherwise engaging in conversation with different types of social actors about the project. These moments are illustrated by colour-coded examples from the authors’ experiences that help researchers and students follow the sequential stages of a project. Clear and highly applicable, with a detailed workbook full of practical tips and examples, this book is a great resource for graduate-level qualitative methods courses in linguistics and anthropology, as well as methods courses in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the role of language in research. It is a timely text for investigating language issues that matter and have consequences for people’s lives.

Table of Contents


FIRST KEY MOMENT: Formulating your research question

SECOND KEY MOMENT. Designing your research

THIRD KEY MOMENT: Generating your data

FOURTH KEY MOMENT: Analyzing your data

FIFTH KEY MOMENT. Making your story




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About the Authors

Monica Heller is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is also a Past President of the American Anthropological Association.

Sari Pietikäinen is Professor of Discourse Studies in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also Director of the Jyväskylä Discourse Hub.

Joan Pujolar is Associate Professor in the Arts and Humanities Department at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain. He is also Director of the Research Group on Language, Culture and Identity in the Global World and President of the Catalan Society of Sociolinguistics.

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