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Corpus-based dialectometry: a methodological sketch

Corpus-based dialectometry: a methodological sketch <jats:p> In this paper, I introduce methodologies to tap corpora for exploring aggregate linguistic distances between dialects or varieties as a function of properties of geographic space. The paper describes the different steps necessary to obtain an appropriate corpus-based dataset (a so-called ‘distance matrix’), and subsequently discusses several cartographic visualisation techniques – network maps, continuum maps and cluster maps – to project aggregate linguistic relationships to geography. In addition, the paper sketches some statistical methods to quantify these relationships. By way of example, a case study draws on the Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects – a major dialect corpus in which more than thirty traditional dialects of English from all over Great Britain are sampled. With a focus on regional variation in morphosyntax and on the basis of text frequencies of several dozen features, the study probes joint linguistic variability between the dialects sampled in the corpus. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Corpora Edinburgh University Press

Corpus-based dialectometry: a methodological sketch

Corpora , Volume 6 (1): 45 – May 1, 2011

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press, 2011
Subject
Linguistics
ISSN
1749-5032
eISSN
1755-1676
DOI
10.3366/cor.2011.0004
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Abstract

<jats:p> In this paper, I introduce methodologies to tap corpora for exploring aggregate linguistic distances between dialects or varieties as a function of properties of geographic space. The paper describes the different steps necessary to obtain an appropriate corpus-based dataset (a so-called ‘distance matrix’), and subsequently discusses several cartographic visualisation techniques – network maps, continuum maps and cluster maps – to project aggregate linguistic relationships to geography. In addition, the paper sketches some statistical methods to quantify these relationships. By way of example, a case study draws on the Freiburg Corpus of English Dialects – a major dialect corpus in which more than thirty traditional dialects of English from all over Great Britain are sampled. With a focus on regional variation in morphosyntax and on the basis of text frequencies of several dozen features, the study probes joint linguistic variability between the dialects sampled in the corpus. </jats:p>

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CorporaEdinburgh University Press

Published: May 1, 2011

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