This should be a series of posts about misunderstandings of (not to say blatant accusations of “unscientificity” in) social research.

“Anecdotal”. I han’t heard the word since I was an undergrad in Linguistics trying to find my way to study language as a social phenomenon. “Anecdotal”. The linguist used it to register a fair attempt at trying to relate linguistic findings to actual happenings of language in conversation. But, alas, I was reminded that some linguistic findings are not findings about how people use language. Or how people actually use language, I should probably say. “Anecdotal.”

Autor: lmolguin

PhD student at UCLA. I study talk and its role in shaping trust and exchange.

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