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Computing and Language Variation

International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Volume 2

Edited by John Nerbonne, Charlotte Gooskens, Sebastian Kürschner, Renée van Bezooijen

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Computing and Language Variation explores dialects and social differences in language computationally, examining topics such as how (and how much) linguistic differences impede intelligibility, how national borders accelerate and direct change, how opinion and hearsay shape perceptions of language differences, the role of intonation (melody), the differences between variation in pronunciation and vocabulary, and techniques for recognizing structure in larger collections of linguistic data. The computational investigations engage more traditional work deeply, and a panel discussion focuses on the opportunities and risks of pursuing humanities research using computational science. There is also an extensive introduction which attempts to sketch perspectives from which to approach the individual contributions.


Introduction: Language Variation Studies and Computational Humanities, John Nerbonne, Charlotte Gooskens, Sebastian Kürschner and Renée van Bezooijen
Panel Discussion on Computing and the Humanities, John Nerbonne, Paul Heggarty, Roeland van Hout and David Robey
Making Sense of Strange Sounds: (Mutual Intelligibility of Related Language Varieties. A Review, Vincent van Heuven
Phonetic and Lexical Predictors of Intelligibility, Charlotte Gooskens, Wilbert Heeringa and Karin Beijering
Linguistic Determinants of the Intelligibility of Swedish Words among Danes, Sebastian Kürschner, Charlotte Gooskens and Renée van Bezooijen
Mutual Intelligibility of Standard and Regional Dutch Language Varieties, Leen Impe, Dirk Geeraerts and Dirk Speelman
The Dutch-German Border: Relating Linguistic, Geographic and Social Distances, Folkert de Vriendt, Charlotte Giesbers, Roeland van Hout, and Louis ten Bosch
The Space of Tuscan Dialectal Variation: A Correlation Study, Simonetta Montemagni
Recognising Groups among Dialects, Jelena Proki? and John Nerbonne
Comparison of Component Models in Analysing the Distribution of Dialectal Features, Antti Leino and Saara Hyvönen
Factor Analysis of Vowel Pronunciation in Swedish Dialects, Therese Leinonen
Representing Tone in Levenshtein Distance, Cathryn Yang and Andy Castro
The Role of Concept Characteristics in Lexical Dialectometry, Dirk Speelman and Dirk Geeraerts
What Role does Dialect Knowledge Play in the Perception of Linguistic Distances?, Wilbert Heeringa, Charlotte Gooskens and Koenraad De Smedt
Quantifying Dialect Similarity by Comparison of the Lexical Distribution of Phonemes, Warren Maguire
Corpus-based Dialectometry: Aggregate Morphosyntactic Variability in British English Dialects, Benedikt Szmercsanyi.

About the Author

Professor, University of Groningen

Associate Professor, University of Groningen

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

University of Groningen

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