A statistical comparison of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English

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This paper presents a statistical comparison of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English. Both the phonetic and lexical datasets were first subjected to separate multivariate spatial analyses in order to identify the most common dimensions of spatial clustering in these two datasets. The dimensions of phonetic and lexical variation extracted by these two analyses were then correlated with each other, after being interpolated over a shared set of reference locations, in order to measure the similarity of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English. This analysis shows that regional phonetic and lexical variation are remarkably similar in Modern American English.

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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Literary and linguistic computing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Grieve, J. (2013). A statistical comparison of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English. Literary and linguistic computing, 28(1), 82-107 is available online at: http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/1/82.abstract

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-107
Number of pages26
JournalLiterary and Linguistic Computing
Volume28
Issue1
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StatePublished - Apr 2013

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Literary and linguistic computing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Grieve, J. (2013). A statistical comparison of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English. Literary and linguistic computing, 28(1), 82-107 is available online at: http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/1/82.abstract

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