ERIC Number: ED320413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Group Affiliation and Quantitative Sociolinguistics.
Rampton, M. B. H.
Five prominent issues in quantitative sociolinguistic discussions of speaker classification are summarized and discussed, and a case study that attempts to extend the available methodology is examined. The five issues include the following: (1) to what extent are speaker categories emic or etic? (2) do speaker categories encode local inter-speaker relationships? (3) can speaker categories combine with accounts of interactional language use and learning? (4) do speaker categories handle flexibility and multiplicity as features of group membership? and (5) are interactive and referential group affiliation analytically distinguished? Some of the ways that quantitative research has handled several of these questions are considered, and it is suggested that questions 4 and 5 currently present the greatest empirical challenge. A methodology capable of overcoming those two problems is outlined and illustrated with a case study investigating the distribution of two phonological variables across one multi-ethnic adolescent peer group. Its relation to the first three issues is closely examined, and it is suggested that in comparison with other empirical endeavors, this approach does significantly extend the methodological repertoire of quantitative sociolinguistics. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: York Papers in Linguistics 13. Selected papers from the Sociolinguistics Symposium; see FL 018 472.