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Dialect Classification in the Himalayas: a Computational Approach

Conference paper
Authors Anju Saxena
Lars Borin
Published in NEALT Proceedings Series (NODALIDA 2011 Conference Proceedings)
Volume 11
Pages 307-310
ISSN 1736-6305
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 307-310
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/10062/17360
Keywords computational dialectology, geneetic linguistics, areal linguistics, dialectometry
Subject categories Language Technology (Computational Linguistics), Linguistics, East Asian languages, Indology

Abstract

Linguistic fieldwork data – in the form of basic vocabulary lists – for nine closely related language varieties are compared using an automatic procedure with manual feedback, whose major advantage is its complete consistency. The results of the vocabulary comparison turn out to be in accord with other linguistic features, making this methodology a promising addition to the toolbox of genetic lingusitics.

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