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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsWelcome to our second week on accents, attitudes and identity. This week, we’ll be looking at how sociolinguists go about measuring attitudes. To begin with, we’ll examine what is meant by a ‘sociolinguistic variable’ - that is, what is actually measured in language research - and the different ways that these variables can be drawn out of speakers. Then, we’ll have a listen to some speech data of our own and examine some variables together. Let’s get started!

Welcome to Week 2!

Welcome back to Week 2!

This week we’re bringing the focus to how sociolinguists measure linguistic features.

We’ll start by watching Dr Dominic Watt explain more in our opening video.

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