Doing sociolinguistic research on computer-mediated data: a review of four methodological issues

Brook Bolander, Miriam A. Locher

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Abstract

This article focuses on four methodological issues which raise challenges for sociolinguists working with online data: (1) ethics; (2) multimodality; (3) mixed methodologies and the relationship between online and offline settings; and (4) web corpora and annotation. While there are currently numerous publications dealing with questions of ethics, data and methodology from within communication studies and social scientific research more generally, there are only a handful of publications which specifically focus on empirical linguistic research. In addition to delineating the diversity of computer-mediated data, in the course of the article we review each of these methodological issues in turn, thereby discussing key terminology and reviewing relevant literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-26
Number of pages13
JournalDiscourse, Context and Media
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Ethics
  • Methodology
  • Multimodality
  • Web corpora

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