2nd Edition

Data Collection in Sociolinguistics Methods and Applications, Second Edition

Edited By Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, Gerard Van Herk Copyright 2018
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    The second edition of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications continues to provide up-to-date, succinct, relevant, and informative discussion about methods of data collection in sociolinguistic research. Written by a range of top sociolinguists, both veteran and emerging scholars, it covers the main areas of research design, conducting research, and sharing data findings. In addition to revisions of original material, this edition includes nine new vignettes covering such topics as collecting data from social media, conducting linguistic landscape research, forensic linguistic data collection, and working with transgender communities. A companion website, http://sociolinguisticdatacollection.com, provides enhanced pedagogical features such as discussion questions, activities, end-of-chapter exercises, and contributor videos. This volume is the one-stop, go-to guide for the numerous quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods used in sociolinguistic research; it is the ideal resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in sociolinguistic research, field methods and data collection.

    Foreword: Observing the Observers

    J. K. Chambers


    PART I: Research Design

    1 Research Design

    Christine Mallinson

    2 Ways of Observing: Studying the Interplay of Social and Linguistic Variation

    Barbara M. Horvath

    Vignette 2a. Multidisciplinary Sociolinguistic Studies

    Marcia Farr

    Vignette 2b. How to Uncover Linguistic Variables

    Walt Wolfram

    Vignette 2c. Studying Difficult to Study Variables

    J. Daniel Hasty

    Vignette 2d. How to Uncover Social Variables: A Focus on Clans

    James N. Stanford

    Vignette 2e. How to Uncover Social Variables: A Focus on Social Class

    Rania Habib

    3 Social Ethics for Sociolinguistics

    Sara Trechter

    Vignette 3a. Responsibility to Research Participants in Representation

    Niko Besnier

    Vignette 3b. Working with Transgender Communities

    Lal Zimman

    Vignette 3c. Conducting Research with Vulnerable Populations

    Stephen L. Mann

    Vignette 3d. Ethical Dilemmas in the Use of Public Documents

    Susan Ehrlich

    Vignette 3e. Real Ethical Issues in Virtual World Research

    Randall Sadler

    PART II: Generating New Data

    4 Generating New Data

    Becky Childs

    5 Ethnographic Fieldwork

    Erez Levon

    Vignette 5a. The Joy of Sociolinguistic Fieldwork

    John R. Rickford

    Vignette 5b. Fieldwork in Immigrant Communities

    James A. Walker and Michol F. Hoffman

    Vignette 5c. Fieldwork in Migrant and Diasporic Communities

    Rajend Mesthrie

    Vignette 5d. Fieldwork in Remnant Dialect Communities

    Patricia Causey Nichols

    Vignette 5e. Linguistic Landscape and Ethnographic Fieldwork

    Jackie Jia Lou

    6 The Sociolinguistic Interview

    Kara Becker

    Vignette 6a. Cross-cultural Issues in Studying Endangered
    Indigenous Languages

    D. Victoria Rau

    Vignette 6b. Conducting Sociolinguistic Interviews in Deaf Communities

    Ceil Lucas

    Vignette 6c. Special Issues in Collecting Interview Data for
    Sign Language Projects

    Joseph Hill

    Vignette 6d. Other Interviewing Techniques in Sociolinguistics

    Boyd Davis

    7 The Technology of Conducting Sociolinguistic Interviews

    Paul De Decker and Jennifer Nycz

    Vignette 7a. Technological Challenges in Sociolinguistic Data Collection

    Lauren Hall-Lew and Bartlomiej Plichta

    8 Surveys: The Use of Written Questionnaires in Sociolinguistics

    Charles Boberg

    Vignette 8a. Language Attitude Surveys: Speaker Evaluation Studies

    Kathryn Campbell-Kibler

    Vignette 8b. Cultural Challenges in Online Survey Data Collection

    Naomi S. Baron

    Vignette 8c. Dialect Surveys and Student-Led Data Collection

    Laurel Mackenzie

    9 Experiments

    Cynthia G. Clopper

    PART III: Working with and Preserving Existing Data

    10 Working with and Preserving Existing Data

    Gerard Van Herk

    11 Written Data Sources

    Edgar W. Schneider

    Vignette 11a. Accessing the Vernacular in Written Documents

    France Martineau

    Vignette 11b. Adapting Existing Data Sources: Language and the Law

    Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer

    Vignette 11c. Issues in Forensic Linguistic Data Collection

    Ronald R. Butters

    Vignette 11d. Advances in Sociolinguistic Transcription Methods

    Alexandra D’arcy

    Vignette 11e. Transcribing Video Data

    Cécile B. Vigouroux

    12 Data Preservation and Access

    Tyler Kendall

    Vignette 12a. Making Sociolinguistic Data Accessible

    William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

    Vignette 12b. Establishing Corpora from Existing Data Sources

    Mark Davies

    Vignette 12c. Working with "Unconventional" Existing Data Sources

    Joan C. Beal and Karen P. Corrigan

    13 Working with Performed Language: Movies, Television, and Music

    Robin Queen

    Vignette 13a. Working with Scripted Data: A Focus on
    African American English

    Tracey L. Weldon

    Vignette 13b. Working with Scripted Data: Variations among
    Scripts, Texts, and Performances

    Michael Adams

    14 Online Data Collection

    Jannis Androutsopoulos

    Vignette 14a. Sociolinguistic Approaches to Storytelling in

    Facebook Status Updates

    Ruth Page

    Vignette 14b. Collecting Data from Twitter

    Steven Coats

    PART IV: Sharing Data and Findings

    15 Sharing Data and Findings

    Christine Mallinson

    16 Community Activism: Turning Things Around

    Arapera Ngaha

    17 Sociolinguistic Engagement in Schools: Collecting and Sharing Data

    Anne H. Charity Hudley

    Vignette 17a. Beyond Lists of Differences to Accurate Descriptions

    Lisa Green

    Vignette 17b. Linguistic Flexibility in Urban Zambian Schoolchildren

    Robert Serpell

    Vignette 17c. Engagement with Schools: Sharing Data and Findings

    Donna Starks

    18 Sociolinguistics in and for the Media

    Jennifer Sclafani

    Vignette 18a. Media Interest in Sociolinguistic Endeavors

    Scott F. Kiesling

    Vignette 18b. Sociolinguistics on BBC Radio

    Clive Upton

    Vignette 18c. Media, Politics, and Semantic Change

    Andrew D. Wong

    Vignette 18d. Engaging with Local and Mass Media on

    Issues of Language Policy

    Phillip M. Carter

    19 Conclusion

    Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk


    Christine Mallinson is Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture and Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

    Becky Childs is Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University, USA.

    Gerard Van Herk is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

    "Since its first edition, Data Collection in Sociolinguistics has provided an up-to-the-minute overview of the issues facing the sociolinguistic researcher. The lineup of authors, the range of topics and contexts, and the nuanced handling of complex issues make this volume crucial for seasoned researchers as well as students just entering the field."
    Mary Bucholtz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

    "The last few years have seen various introductory books on sociolinguistic methodologies. This one is certainly one of the best buys on the market – sophisticated, up-to-date, and innovative while at the same time authoritative and highly accessible; simply everything researchers, old and young, need to know!"
    Daniel Schreier, University of Zurich, Switzerland