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LINGUIST List 17.2338

Wed Aug 16 2006

Diss: Socioling: Antieau: 'A Distributional Analysis of Rural Color...'

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Message 1: A Distributional Analysis of Rural Colorado English
Date: 16-Aug-2006
From: Lamont Antieau <antieauuga.edu>
Subject: A Distributional Analysis of Rural Colorado English


Institution: University of Georgia
Program: Linguistics Program
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Lamont Antieau

Dissertation Title: A Distributional Analysis of Rural Colorado English

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Marlyse Baptista
William A. Kretzschmar
Lee Pederson
Diana Ranson

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation describes a study in linguistic geography conducted in
Colorado using the methodology of the Linguistic Atlas of the Western
States. As such, the goals of this dissertation are threefold: 1) to
provide a description of Colorado English with respect to select lexical,
phonetic, and syntactic features; 2) to compare the results of work in
Colorado with previous work conducted in the eastern states as well as in
Colorado and other western states; and 3) to use inferential statistics to
show correlation between the distribution of specific linguistic variants
and the social characteristics of those informants who use these variants.
The major findings of this study include the observation that linguistic
variants are distributed according to a power law, that numerous variants
have statistically significant social correlates at all levels of the
grammar, and that the relative effect of social variables differs at each
linguistic level.



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