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How to choose the most relevant parameters to be controlled in an empirical study

How to choose the most relevant parameters to be controlled in an empirical study   Daniel Gile 12 August 2006 In a previous text (Sampling 2: Generalizing from case studies), it was explained that in order to make findings of studies as generalizable as possible, researchers, who cannot attend to all relevant aspects of the phenomenon …

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Sampling 1: Sampling-based studies as case studies

Sampling 1: Sampling-based studies as case studies   Daniel Gile 12 July 2006 The concept of sampling implies the idea that what is sampled is representative of a larger entity with similar characteristics. Thus, the most fundamental property sought in a sample is its representativeness with respect to the larger entity. In statistics, samples are subsets of populations (of people, light …

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Where to get the questions from? The importance of preliminary qualitative research

Where to get the questions from? The importance of preliminary qualitative research. Delia Chiaro, University of Bologna at Forlì In questionnaire based survey research wording is all important because the way in which a question is couched affects respondents’ understanding of what is being asked of them (see “Reasons for piloting questionnaires”). However, not only is careful wording essential, but the type of …

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Publishers and Academics: Partnerships or Power relationships?

Publishers and Academics: Partnerships or Power relationships? February 19, 2006   Daniel Gile Université Lyon 2, France daniel.gile@laposte.net Elsevier has just published its 14-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Just before publication, authors received a circular mail informing them that according to “company policy”, they would receive no off-prints or pdf files of their own contributions. No further explanation was …

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