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ERIC Number: EJ874051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Discovering the Quantity of Quality: Scoring "Regional Identity" for Quantitative Research
Miller, Daniel A.
Language Sciences, v30 n6 p652-678 Nov 2008
The variationist paradigm in sociolinguistics is at a disadvantage when dealing with variables that are traditionally treated qualitatively, e.g., "identity". This study essays to level the accuracy and descriptive value of qualitative research in a quantitative setting by rendering such a variable quantitatively accessible. To this end, a scoring system for "regional identity" is innovated. The system, Scova, is employed in a study conducted in Louisville, KY, that investigates the monophthongization of /ai/ in relation to the linguistic expression of identity. The Scova system devised here is designed to provide researchers a tool to rate qualitative variables such as identity with reasonable objectivity and replicability, utilizing emic criteria taken from each interview individually to assign positive or negative point values to statements made by informants in that interview, with the result that each informant generates a score that may be compared across informants and used in statistical analysis. The results of statistical analysis offer promising evidence for the system's effectiveness and potential application in future research. (Contains 3 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky