Edited by Olga Timofeeva, Anne-Christine Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja and Sarah Chevalier
[Studies in Language Companion Series 177] 2016
► pp. 35–66
Patterns of linguistic globalization
Integrating typological profiles and questionnaire data
In this paper, we present ways of relating the broad scope of typologically motivated approaches to variationist questionnaire data. We explore how descriptive and inferential statistics (such as linear regression) and exploratory techniques (such as aggregative analyses) can be combined for a more holistic investigation of variationist questionnaire data on lexical choices from British, Maltese, American and Puerto Rican English. Our analyses show that raters from the British English(-influenced) and the American English(-influenced) sphere form distinct clusters. Adopting a more fine-grained perspective, we find evidence both for the actual existence of four distinct regional varieties and for globalizing tendencies. Based on our results, we further argue that variety-internal variation is often motivated lexically rather than socially.
- 2.The macro-perspective: Aggregative analysis
- 2.1Preparing and transforming the data
- 3.Zooming in: Testing individual items and social factors
- 3.1Regional means
- 3.2Application of global mixed-effects linear regression models
- 3.3Tracing age effects in individual items
- 3.4Identifying globalizing lexical items in L1 and L2 Englishes
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