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Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data: An Atlas by the Numbers

Dialectology—the study of variation in language rather than an invariant, homogenous grammar—lends itself quite naturally to computer assistance, both for the entry and maintenance of a database for quantitative analysis. This book is an introduction to the quantitative analysis of linguistic survey data featuring the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (LAMSAS). Serious quantification and large-scale application of statistics demand the ability to handle large amounts of data elicited in a broad survey with the efficiency of automation. Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data provides a detailed account of how to adapt LAMSAS to the needs of computerization, the mechanics involved in computerizing LAMSAS, how to analyze the data in the system, statistical testing, and more. Professionals and practitioners in linguistics will be able to analyze the frequency of variants more accurately using the methods detailed in this volume—which in turn will give them a more realistic view of a particular language culture.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data: An Atlas by the Numbers
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The chapters in this innovative book introduce the quantitative analysis of linguistic survey data with specific reference to the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (LAMSAS). Topics covered include: the relation of sociolinguistics to the original conception of LAMSAS; the adaptation of LAMSAS to the needs of computerization and the research methods envisioned; the mechanics involved in computerizing LAMSAS; how to handle and analyze the data in the database management system; the creation of categories for analysis; and the logic of statistical testing.
University of Georgia
The Research Design of a Linguistic Atlas The Application of Statistical Tests to LAMSAS From Atlas to Database Structure The Statistical Analysis of LAMSAS Data Model Analyses of LAMSAS Data
Author
Edgar W. Schneider, William A. Jr. Kretzschmar
Short Title
INTRO TO QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
Series
Empirical Linguistics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0761901124
ISBN-13
9780761901129
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
417.021
Series Number
1
Illustrations
Yes
Year
1996
Publication Date
1996-09-30
Imprint
SAGE Publications Inc
Subtitle
An Atlas by the Numbers
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1954
Place of Publication
Thousand Oaks
Residence
US
Affiliation
University of Georgia
Pages
224
Publisher
Sage Publications, Inc
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