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Measuring the Typological Relatedness of Varieties of English

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2021

Danae Perez
University of Zurich
Marianne Hundt
University of Zurich
Johannes Kabatek
University of Zurich
Daniel Schreier
University of Zurich
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This contribution surveys various large-scale quantitative techniques that have been utilized in the literature on varieties and dialects of English to determine their typological relatedness: (a) aggregative measures of distance or similarity, based on atlas or survey data; (b) typological profiling, a technique that draws on naturalistic text corpora to calculate usage- and frequency-based measures of grammatical analyticity and syntheticity; (c) a corpus-based method, inspired by work in information theory, that is designed to map out varieties based on how they differ in terms of language/dialect complexity: and (d) an approach to calculate distances between varieties as a function of the extent to which grammatical variation patterns in usage data are dissimilar.

English and Spanish
World Languages in Interaction
, pp. 184 - 208
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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