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.

The Statistical Analysis of LAMSAS Data

The statistical analysis of LAMSAS data

In Chapter 2, we assessed the appropriateness of the application of statistical tests to LAMSAS data given LAMSAS field methods. We found that within certain limits-use of the binomial model for experimental design, plus a little pragmatic goodwill-it was indeed reasonable to apply statistics to the data. In Chapter 3, we described the creation of the LAMSAS database and selection of categories by means of which the data might be analyzed. In this chapter, we consider experimental design in one further sense, the logic of statistical testing, and then discuss actual procedures necessary for use of the two most widely-used commercial statistical packages, SAS (Statistical Analysis System) and SPSS/PC+ (Statistical Programs for the Social ...

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