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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.

Model Analyses of LAMSAS Data
Model analyses of LAMSAS data

We have chosen two lexical files for a practical demonstration of the procedures we have so far sketched. Expressions for clearing up (work sheet page 5, line 4) are not discussed in Kurath 1949 but nevertheless have some interesting distributions; the item demonstrates the unexplored potential that the LAMSAS material still has. Expressions for cow pen, milk gap (work sheet page 15, line 2) are described in Kurath's classic monograph, and we present the item here to facilitate comparisons between analytical procedures. For the representation of the individual results and distributions, we have devised a tabular format that combines features of the LAGS SECTOTAL and SOCTOTAL matrices (see Pederson et al. 1986–92, esp. vols. 4 and ...

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