Paper: Comparison And Classification Of Dialects

ACL ID E99-1048
Title Comparison And Classification Of Dialects
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999

This project measures and classifies lan- guage variation. In contrast to earlier dialectology, we seek a comprehensive characterization of (potentially gradual) differences between dialects, rather than a geographic delineation of (discrete) fea- tures of individual words or pronuncia- tions. More general characterizations of dialect differences then become available. We measure phonetic (un)relatedness between dialects using Levenshtein dis- tance, and classify by clustering dis- tances but also by analysis through mul- tidimensional scaling. 1 Data and Method Data is from Reeks Nederlands(ch)e Dialectat- lassen (Blancqua~rt and P6e, 1925 1982)). It con- tains 1,956 Netherlandic and North Belgian tran- scriptions of 141 sentences. We chose 104 dialects, regularly scattered over the Dutch...