ERIC Number: ED029293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Language as Obstacle and as Data in Sociological Research.
Grimshaw, Allen D.
Items, v23 n2 Jun 69
The participants in this conference (A.V. Cicourel, I. Deutscher, S. Ervin-Tripp, J. Gumperz, D. Hymes, E. Sibley, H. Phillips, and R.B. Anderson) discussed the processes involved in eliciting verbal information, especially in cross-cultural studies. The four principal topics of their discussions were: (1) the ethnography of asking questions, (2) the meaning of words--particularly as influenced by social and linguistic contexts, (3) the use of linguistic and social data from research on the preceding two topics in developing theories and methods in the several disciplines, and (4) the need to correct some shortcomings of current research. It was felt that "we simply do not know how to phrase questions that will be meaningful to random samples of diversified populations." The participants agreed that almost all contemporary social science research would be improved by much more careful attention to ethnographies of interrogation, and that analyses and interpretations based on current research are often highly problematic. (JD)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Behavioral Science Research, Conference Reports, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups, Ethnology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Language Research, Questionnaires, Research Problems, Social Sciences, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics
Limited number of copies available from the Social Science Research Council, 230 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Research Council, New York, NY. Committee on Sociolinguistics.
Note: Condensed report of a conference of linguists and social scientists held in San Francisco, California, November 25-26, 1968.