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ERIC Number: ED019651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 6
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Reference Count: 0
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COMPUTATIONAL SOCIOLINGUISTICS.
SEDELOW, WALTER A., JR.
THE USE OF THE COMPUTER MAY BE ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH VARIED LINGUISTIC INTERESTS (SOCIOLINGUISTICS, PSYCHOLINGUISTICS) COME TO BE RENDERED INTERRELATED AND EVEN INTELLECTUALLY COHERENT. (THE CRITERION OF COHERENCE IS SET HERE AT MONISM AS TO MODELS.) ONE OF THE AUTHOR'S MAJOR INTERESTS IS A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO SCIENTIFIC CREATIVITY, PARTICULARLY IN THE WORK OF SOCIAL-BEHAVIORAL SCIENTISTS. A PRECONDITION FOR FURTHER RESEARCH IS EXACTNESS OF DESCRIPTION OF LONG LANGUAGE STRINGS, SO THAT THEY MAY BE DISCRIMINATED ONE FROM ANOTHER WITH HIGH RELIABILITY AND SO THAT EVEN SLIGHT SHIFTS IN DISTRIBUTIONS OF CHARACTERISTICS MAY BE READILY DISCERNED. TO CHECK THE EMPIRICAL ADEQUACY OF HUMAN PERCEPTIONS AS TO CHARACTERISTICS OF LONG STRINGS OF SOCIAL ANALYSIS PROSE OVER AGAINST THE COMPUTATION RIGOR OF THE PROGRAMED MACHINE, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT SET OF HUMAN DECISIONS FOR A MAN-MACHINE SYSTEM TO APPROXIMATE, THE AUTHOR IS ANALYZING SOME SUBSTANTIAL SEGMENTS OF "HUME'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND," A MAJOR WORK OF SOCIAL ANALYSIS. THE COMPARISONS WITH HUMAN JUDGMENTS WILL MAKE USE OF SOME OF THE AUTHOR'S EARLIER STUDIES OF THE SAME TEXT WITHOUT THE COMPUTER'S AID. THIS CASE STUDY SHOULD BE USEFUL, THE AUTHOR FEELS, IN FACILITATING THE SEMI-AUTOMATING OF A PROCEDURE FOR RATHER ROUTINELY CONDUCTING SUCH VERBAL ARTIFACT ANALYSIS. THE CATEGORIES EMPLOYED MAY BE FITTED INTO A MORE COMPREHENSIVE, SYSTEMATIC MODEL OF CREATIVITY AS IT OCCURS IN THE COMMUNICATION PROCESSES OF SOCIAL SCIENTISTS. A PROGRAMED MODELING OF THIS SORT NECESSARILY IMPLIES AN ATTENTION TO THE PRAGMATIC AND SEMANTIC ASPECTS OF ACTS OF COMMUNICATION. ACCORDINGLY, THIS IS ONE PHASE OF A COMPUTATIONAL PROJECT IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS EXEMPLIFYING A KIND OF APPROACH THAT CAN BE USED TO FIT TOGETHER LINGUISTIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL VARIABLES FOR THE SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF HUMAN INTERACTION. THIS PAPER APPEARED IN "RESEARCH PREVIEWS, VOLUME 14, NUMBER 2," NOVEMBER 1967, PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA 27514. (AUTHOR/AMM)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Inst. for Research in Social Science.
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