Analysing Variation in English

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Warren Maguire, April McMahon
Cambridge University Press, Feb 3, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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Analysing Variation in English brings together a range of perspectives on the collection, analysis and broader relevance of variable language data. In the first half of the book, the focus is firmly on the description and comparison of methods for collecting and analysing examples of variation in language. Novel quantitative and computational methods are introduced and exemplified alongside more traditional approaches. The innovative second half of the book establishes and tests the relevance of language variation to other aspects of linguistics such as language change, and to other disciplines such as law and education. Each chapter concludes with a 'Where next?' section, providing guidance on further reading, but also pointers to under-researched areas, designed to help identify good topics for projects and dissertations. Designed to be used by students as well as researchers, the book will be welcomed by those working in English language and linguistics, sociolinguistics or language change.
 

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Contents

Introduction Analysing variation in English what we know what we dont and why it matters
1
Part I Investigating variation in English how do we know what we know?
5
2 How to make intuitions succeed
30
3 Corpora capturing language in use
49
4 Hypothesis generation
72
5 Quantifying relations between dialects
93
6 Perceptual dialectology
121
Part II Why does it matter? Variation and other fields
149
9 Variation and forensic linguistics
199
10 Variation and identity
219
11 Variation and populations
237
12 Variation and education
261
Notes
280
References
284
Index
323
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8 Variation and change
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Warren Maguire is a Lecturer in English Language in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

April McMahon is Forbes Professor of English Language in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

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