PRESTON, Dennis R. (ed.)
Containing all new material
and published for the American Dialect Society's centennial celebration
(1889-1989), this volume brings together in one place, as no previously
published work has, current approaches to the general problems of language
distribution and variation. The several chapters offer accounts of how
questions are formulated and how data are collected, stored, and interpreted
in the various research traditions of dialectology and sociolinguistics,
particularly as they have been carried out by researchers associated with
the American Dialect Society.
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More specifically, this book takes trips to the scholar's laboratory.
How is this work done? What pitfalls in fieldwork, processing, and interpretation
have been encountered and how have they been overcome? What techniques
have been used to get at the facts and underlying explanations of language
variety? What does recent work suggest about the most rewarding areas
and methods for future investigation?
1993 460 Pages