Ethnic Identity and Morphosyntactic Variation in San Francisco Chinatown
Staicov begins this chapter with methodological considerations regarding the collection and analysis of spoken data. As Staicov employs an exploratory method in her description of ethnic identity, she outlines some of the steps that are necessary for quantifying qualitative data. Discussing her results, Staicov draws attention to the role of heritage language proficiency and self-labelling. Finally, Staicov presents the analysis of the correlation between morphosyntactic variation and ethnic identity, which does not seem as straightforward as described in other studies. While she observes some weak correlation between ethnic identity and morphosyntactic variation, Staicov finds more traditional sociolinguistic patterns to be at work, with gender and generation having a stronger effect on morphosyntactic variation than ethnic identification.
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