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Computing and Language VariationInternational Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Volume 2$
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John Nerbonne and Charlotte Gooskens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640300

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640300.001.0001

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Language Variation Studies and Computational Humanities

Language Variation Studies and Computational Humanities

(p.1) Language Variation Studies and Computational Humanities
Computing and Language Variation

John Nerbonne

Charlotte Gooskens

Sebastian KÜrschner

RenÉe Van Bezooijen

Edinburgh University Press

This book contains a selection of work presented at a special track on computational techniques for studying language variation held at The Thirteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology in Leeds on August 4–5, 2008. The conference track featured a panel session reflecting on the introduction of computational techniques to the study of language variation and more generally, on computing and the humanities. This chapter outlines variationist linguistics as a subfield within the discipline of linguistics and relates how it sees the path that led to computational studies occupying a modest place in this branch of linguistics. More importantly for those especially interested in humanities computing, the chapter looks at the contributions of this book collectively as an example of what might be referred to as an engaged humanities computing. The early pioneers in the application of computing to problems in dialectology were Jean Séguy (1973) and Hans Goebl (1982). The chapters in this book examine a wide range of topics such as varietal differences and their impact on intelligibility, tone, and linguistic differences.

Keywords:   language variation, tone, Jean Séguy, Hans Goebl, computational techniques, humanities computing, variationist linguistics, dialectology, intelligibility

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