For the maths-shy linguistics student with no statistics training, this long-needed, reader-friendly book demystifies what quantitative research is and how it's done. Assuming no prior knowledge, students are introduced to various research methods and shown the steps to designing, analysing and interpreting data. Statistical analyses are brilliantly explained and illustrated with examples from published research with which students will already be familiar. Barbara Allen, University of Sussex, UK Intended for both undergraduate and graduate students, this textbook presents a concise, clear and well-illustrated introduction to the quantitative analysis of language. It is comprehensive and example-based, and it covers the basics of quantitative analysis of linguistic data and explores how this differs from qualitative approaches. At the same time, the book is also practical, helping the reader understand how to conceptualize, construct, and implement a quantitative investigation in linguistics. Language In Society Rasinger's new book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to quantitative research methods in linguistics. Aimed at an advanced undergraduate and early postgraduate audience, the book addresses a longstanding need in the field for a textbook specifically geared toward students who may have already developed a nuanced understanding of language and linguistics but who have had little to no exposure to statistical methods. As such, the book stands to make an important contribution to the teaching of linguistics, whether as a classroom resource for teachers or as a guide to individual students as they undertake their own research projects. Language Presenting a down-to-earth and readable introduction to quantitative research, this book is useful how-to guide for students encountering quantitative data for the first time, or for postgraduates embarking on linguistic research projects. Education Today Reviewed in Times Higher Education Supplement, 28 May 2009 Rasinger's book remains a comprehensive and accessible introduction to quantitative research methods in linguistics. Rasinger covers all the bases, including everything from research design through to implementation and analysis, and makes good use of examples drawn from real linguistics research to illustrate important concepts. The inclusion of new sections on ANOVAs and MANOVAs, the addition of brief introductions to doing statistics in SPSS and R, and the updated suggestions for further reading all make the revised edition the ideal choice for students who wish to learn the basics of quantitative linguistics. -- Erez Levon, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London, UK Highly relevant publication for languages and linguistics students who normally prefer qualitative research methods and are apprehensive about application or use of quantitative methods. Mark Krzanowski, University of Westminster, UKVom Verlag:
Presents a comprehensive introduction to analysing quantitative linguistic data.
Starting with an definition of quantitative data, and how it differs from qualitative data, Seb Rasinger examines what the student linguist is trying to find out through analysing data, and how quantitative techniques can help arrive at meaningful and accurate conclusions. This expanded, 2nd edition now also includes a discussion of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and MANOVA, and provides a brief introduction to statistical meta-analysis. A companion website allows readers to download crib sheets and Excel templates for the main statistical tools.
The book introduces:
-reliability of data
-dealing with problematic data.
Each chapter includes graphs and figures explaining theory through worked examples, chapter summaries, and exercises to aid student understanding. An appendix containing a summary of statistical formulae, excel commands and statistical tables is included and is an invaluable resource.
Presenting a down-to-earth and readable introduction to quantitative research, this book is a useful how-to guide for students encountering quantitative data for the first time, or for postgraduates embarking on linguistic research projects.
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