1st Edition

Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics

Edited By Eric Friginal Copyright 2018
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics illustrates how sociolinguistic approaches and linguistic distributions from corpora can be effectively combined to produce meaningful studies of language use and language variation. Three major parts comprise the volume focusing on: (1) Corpora and the Study of Languages and Dialects, in particular, varieties of global Englishes; (2) Corpora and Social Demographics; and (3) Corpora and Register Characteristics. The 14 peer-reviewed, new, and original chapters explore language variation related to regional dialectology, gender, sexuality, age, race, ‘nation,’ workplace discourse, diachronic change, and social media and web registers. Invited contributors made use of systematically-designed general and specialized corpora, sound research questions, methodologies (e.g., keyword analysis, multi-dimensional analysis, clusters, and collocations), and logical/credible interpretive techniques. Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics is an important resource for researchers and graduate students in the fields of sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and applied linguistics.

    1 Corpus approaches to sociolinguistics: Introduction and chapter overviews

    Eric Friginal and Mackenzie Bristow

    Part 1: Corpora and the study of languages/dialects
    (Varieties of global Englishes)

    2 Using large online corpora to examine lexical, semantic, and cultural variation in different dialects and time periods

    Mark Davies

    3 Using corpus-based analysis to study register and dialect variation on the searchable web

    Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert, and Meixiu Zhang

    4 Variation in global English: A collocation-based analysis
    Tony Berber Sardinha

    5 Indian English: A pedagogical model (even) in India?

    Chandrika Balasubramanian

    Part 2: Corpora and social demographics

    6 Sexuality

    Paul Baker

    7 A corpus-based analysis of the pragmatic marker you get me
    Eivind Torgersen, Costas Gabrielatos, and Sebastian Hoffmann

    8 just, actually at work in New Zealand
    Bernadette Vine

    9 Exploring the intersection of gender and race in evaluations of mathematics instructors on ratemyprofessors.com

    Nicholas Close Subtirelu

    10 Attitudes towards autism of parents raising autistic children: Evidence from "mom" and "dad" blogs
    A. Cameron Coppala and Jack A. Hardy

    11 Social functional linguistic variation in conversational Dutch

    Jack Grieve, Tom Ruette, Dirk Speelman, and Dirk Geeraerts

    Part 3: Corpora and register characteristics

    12 A corpus-driven investigation of corporate governance reports

    Martin Warren

    13 A corpus-assisted discourse study (CADS) of representations of the ‘underclass’ in the English-language press: Who are they, how do they behave, and who is to blame for them?

    Jane H. Johnson and Alan Partington

    14 ‘had enough of experts’: Intersubjectivity and the quoted voice in microblogging

    Michele Zappavigna

    15 Linguistic variation in Facebook and Twitter posts

    Eric Friginal, Oksana Waugh, and Ashley Titak


    Eric Friginal is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL and Director of International Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, at Georgia State University, USA.