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LINGUIST List 24.2067

Wed May 15 2013

Qs: Resources on Semantic Analysis in Perceptual Dialectology

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-May-2013
From: Sven Metzler <mesvhrz.tu-chemnitz.de>
Subject: Resources on Semantic Analysis in Perceptual Dialectology
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My name is Sven and I am currently writing my M.A. thesis on the topic of perceptual dialectology – Non-linguists perception of dialects in Germany and America.

I gathered about 80 questionnaires in order to analyze them with regard to
1. Dialect boundaries
2. Associated semantic features (such as unique words, phonetic descriptions, stereotypical labeling etc.)

Thus, I am in need of American or English studies which include the analysis of semantic content. I have found two studies:
1. Mary Bucholtz et al. (2007). “Hella Nor Cal or Totally So Cal? The Perceptual Dialectology of California.” In Journal of English Linguistics (35)4: 325-352.
2. Fought, Carmen (2002). “California Students´Perception of, You Know, Regions and Dialects?” in Daniel Long and Dennis R. Preston, eds., Handbook of Perceptual Dialectology, Vol.II. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing: 113-133.

I hope somebody can give me an answer to the following questions:
1. Does anybody know any further studies on this aspect?
2. If not, why has this field of research been neglected so far?

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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