A statistical method for the identification and aggregation of regional linguistic variation

Grieve, Jack, Speelman, Dirk and Geeraerts, Dirk (2011). A statistical method for the identification and aggregation of regional linguistic variation. Language Variation and Change, 23 (2), pp. 193-221.

Abstract

This paper introduces a method for the analysis of regional linguistic variation. The method identifies individual and common patterns of spatial clustering in a set of linguistic variables measured over a set of locations based on a combination of three statistical techniques: spatial autocorrelation, factor analysis, and cluster analysis. To demonstrate how to apply this method, it is used to analyze regional variation in the values of 40 continuously measured, high-frequency lexical alternation variables in a 26-million-word corpus of letters to the editor representing 206 cities from across the United States.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S095439451100007X
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional linguistic variation,Linguistics and Language,Language and Linguistics,Education
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Published Date: 2011-07
Authors: Grieve, Jack ( 0000-0003-3630-7349)
Speelman, Dirk
Geeraerts, Dirk

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