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ERIC Number: ED019263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 148
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SUB-REGIONAL SPEECH VARIATIONS IN VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR, AND PRONUNCIATION. FINAL REPORT.
WOOD, GORDON REID
A COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF SPOKEN WORDS AND PHRASES WAS OBTAINED IN 1959 FROM THE RESPONSES OF 33 NATIVE INFORMANTS FROM 23 COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI, AND ALABAMA. INFORMANTS WERE ASKED TO IDENTIFY PICTURES, AND THEIR RESPONSES WERE RECORDED ON TAPE AND TRANSCRIBED. A COMPUTER WAS UTILIZED TO PRODUCE LISTINGS OF PARTICULAR SPEECH ITEMS IN SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREAS IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH (1) WHAT LEXICAL AND PHONOLOGICAL SYSTEMS IN THE COUNTIES SURVEYED HAVE COUNTERPARTS IN THE REGIONAL SYSTEMS REPORTED FOR THE ATLANTIC STATES, (2) WHAT DISTRIBUTIONAL RELATION OTHER ITEMS OF LEXICAL AND PHONOLOGICAL EVIDENCE HAVE TO THOSE IDENTIFIED ABOVE, (3) WHAT ELEMENTS OF A GRAMMATICAL-SYNTACTICAL SUBSYSTEM CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY COMPUTER TECHNIQUES, AND (4) WHAT THE RELATION OF THE GRAMMATICAL-SYNTACTICAL ELEMENTS SO IDENTIFIED IS TO THE OCCURRENCE OF LEXICAL AND PHONOLOGICAL ITEMS. CONCLUSIONS SHOWED THAT THERE ARE UNIFORM ASPECTS OF LEXICON, PHONOLOGY, AND SYNTAX FOR THE REGION STUDIED, AND THAT SMALLER LEXICAL AND PHONOLOGICAL GROUPINGS OCCUR WITHIN AREAS OF THAT REGION. IT WAS ALSO DEDUCED THAT CHANGES IN LEXICON ARE READILY MADE. FURTHER RESEARCH COULD BE CONDUCTED BY BOTH LINGUISTIC AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHERS. INCLUDED ARE (1) TABLES AND MAPS OF LEXICAL, PHONOLOGICAL, AND SYNTACTICAL OCCURRENCE AND DISTRIBUTION, (2) A SELECTED REPRODUCTION OF THE COMPUTER PRINTOUT, (3) DETAILS OF THE COMPUTER TECHNIQUE UTILIZED, AND (4) A SUMMARY OF THIS FINAL REPORT. (DL)
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