Observing and Analysing Natural Language
A Critical Account of Sociolinguistic Method
Social networks those informal and formal social relationships of which any human society is composed are distinguished by their own patters of language use.
1. Language, Class and Community.
2. Obtaining Data in the Speech Community: Major Principles.
3. Studying Language in teh Community: The Fieldworker and the Social Network.
4. The Social Context of Speech Events.
5. The Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Data.
6. The Language of the Individual Speaker: Patterns of Variation and Network Structure.
7. Conclusions and Theoretical Implications.