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RINCON, Luz Mary. METHODOLOGY FOR AN URBAN DIALECTAL STUDY: THE CASE OF THE SPANISH OF BUCARAMANGA. Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2007, n.20, pp. 173-196. ISSN 0120-338X.
The methodological model described here is based on developments in sociolinguistic research which have resulted from a constant concern for the design and implementation of techniques that reflect the language in its social context, departing from the dialectological tradition to the analysis of language. The present monograph is a description of the methodology used in the study of the main phonological, morph-syntactic, lexical and discourse features of the Spanish of Bucaramanga ( Colombia ). The methodological approach presented here is based on the experience of previous studies in the collection, selection, and analysis of data and methodological improvement from these experiences to better converge on the linguistic system that is to be described: the vernacular, the language in use and not an idealized system. It is a model that may be applicable to the study of other varieties of Spanish in Colombia , as an alternative accepting the view that sociolinguistics has not yet arrived at the ideal method in the study of sociolinguistic phenomena in urban contexts.
Keywords : sociolinguistics; Colombian Spanish; Bucaramanga Spanish; Study methods of vernacular language; data-collecting methodology, selection and analysis of linguistic data.