Paper: Identifying Linguistic Structure in a Quantitative Analysis of Dialect Pronunciation

ACL ID P07-3011
Title Identifying Linguistic Structure in a Quantitative Analysis of Dialect Pronunciation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2007
Authors

The aim of this paper is to present a new method for identifying linguistic structure in the aggregate analysis of the language vari- ation. The method consists of extracting the most frequent sound correspondences from the aligned transcriptions of words. Based on the extracted correspondences every site is compared to all other sites, and a corre- spondence index is calculated for each site. This method enables us to identify sound al- ternations responsible for dialect divisions and to measure the extent to which each al- ternation is responsible for the divisions ob- tained by the aggregate analysis.