ERIC Number: ED399808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Right Tool for the Job: Techniques for Analysis of Natural Language Use.
Green, Georgia M.
A variety of techniques for collecting and analyzing information about the natural use of natural languages is surveyed, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the properties of a research task that make a given technique more or less suitable to it rather than comparing techniques globally and ranking them absolutely. An initial goal is to characterize the sorts of tasks that are involved in research on language use. Language use is viewed as a complex interplay of: (1) properties of the linguistic system; (2) properties of the language users; and (3) properties of the society within which a speaker elects to use a particular language on a particular occasion. These factors then determine the kinds of questions to be asked about language use. Advantages and disadvantages of different sources of language for analysis are considered, including large corpora, audio recordings, and interactive techniques for eliciting language use. It is concluded that in most cases, the best way to test a hypothesis about natural language use is to test it in every relevant way possible. Contains 32 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Pragmatics and Language Learning. Monograph Series Volume 6; see FL 024 134.