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Computing and Language Variation: International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Volume 2

John Nerbonne and Charlotte Gooskens


This book 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 recognising structure in larger collections of linguistic data. The computational investigations engage more traditional work deeply, and a panel discussion focuses on the opportunities and ri ... More

Keywords: dialects, social differences, language, linguistic differences, intelligibility, national borders, hearsay, intonation, melody, pronunciation

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640300
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Nerbonne, editor

Charlotte Gooskens, editor

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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

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

The Dutch-German Border: Relating Linguistic, Geographic and Social Distances

Folkert De Vriend, Charlotte Giesbers, Roeland Van Hout, and Louis Ten Bosch

Recognising Groups among Dialects

Jelena ProkiĆ, and John Nerbonne

Representing Tone in Levenshtein Distance

Cathryn Yang, and Andy Castro

What Role does Dialect Knowledge Play in the Perception of Linguistic Distances?

Wilbert Heeringa, Charlotte Gooskens, and Koenraad de Smedt