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The Research Design of a Linguistic Atlas
The research design of a Linguistic Atlas

This book describes how the authors and the staff of the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (LAMSAS) have reconceived this sixty-year-old project in light of computerization and recent advances of sociolinguistics. Dialectology, the study of variation in language rather than an invariant, homogenous “grammar,” lends itself quite naturally to computer assistance, both for entry and maintenance of a database and for quantitative analysis. Out of the welter of different words collected in an atlas-style survey, in all of their different morphological and phonetic shapes, it makes sense to find out which variants occur more or less frequently and which ones might be associated with particular extralinguistic circumstances, and, ...

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