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This first blog post will explore our thoughts, ideas and reasons behind choosing this domain. Being five individuals who were already very well acquainted beforehand from previous linguistic classes, forming a group, choosing a domain and creating a plan came naturally to us.
Our Chosen Domain
There were a number of reasons we were drawn to the cafe as our domain of sociolinguistic research. The morning rush at any Sydney-based cafe is a prime time for interactions between people of diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Not only do many choose to visit cafes as a suitable location to hold meetings and organise projects for work or study, the cafe has also become a popular meeting location for friends to simply gather and relax over a coffee. As university students ourselves who rely on a steady supply of caffeine to kickstart and fuel our productivity, we decided that conducting research in a familiar context and environment would be most suitable.
Working out a contract, we decided on a few locations in which we wished to conduct our research but then thought, is our domain limited to a coffee shop or can we include restaurants? We were permitted to expand our domain and thus, we were able to expand on the few locations that we had chosen with our original brainstorm.
Later on, we managed to each come up with a few questions that could be asked in an interview with either the vendor or a customer. Once the question list is completed, we will then separate into groups to conduct our research and each group will post a blog post summarising their find.
We plan on gathering all the data by the end of the month and using the rest of the time to analyse the data collected and putting together our blog.
Although we have a solid plan, we do expect problems to arise while we strive to complete this project. Bias may unconsciously come out as we are using our speech communities to our advantage when conducting our research. This will hopefully make it easier for us to approach potential interviewees. We are also expecting to encounter difficulties in our data-collecting process. Whilst we do expect to obtain a decent amount of data, our attempts to collect the data may not always be successful, due to potential interviewees’ varying levels of willingness to participate in our research.
Upcoming post: Our first interviews.