Title: Holistic corpus-based dialectology
Authors: Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt ×
Wolk, Christoph #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais * Faculdade de Letras
Series Title: Revista Brasileira de Linguistica Aplicada vol:11 issue:2 pages:561-592
Abstract: This paper is concerned with sketching future directions for corpus-based dialectology. We advocate a holistic approach to the study of geographically conditioned linguistic variability, and we present a suitable methodology, ‘corpus-based dialectometry’, in exactly this spirit. Specifically, we argue that in order to live up to the potential of the corpus-based method, practitioners need to (i) abandon their exclusive focus on individual linguistic features in favor of the study of feature aggregates, (ii) draw on computationally advanced ultivariate analysis techniques (such as multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, and principal component analysis), and (iii) aid interpretation of empirical results by marshalling state-of-the-art data visualization techniques. To exemplify this line of analysis, we present a case study which explores joint frequency variability of 57 morphosyntax features in 34 dialects all over Great Britain.
ISSN: 1984-6398
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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