By Dennis R. Preston
Containing all new fabric and released for the yank Dialect Society's centennial get together (1889-1989), this quantity bings jointly in a single position, as no formerly released paintings has, present techniques to the final difficulties of language distribution and edition. the various chapters supply bills of the way questions are formulated and the way information are gathered, saved, and intepreted within the quite a few study traditions of dialectology and sociolinguistics, really as they've been performed by way of researchers linked to the yankee Dialect Society. extra in particular, this booklet takes journeys to the scholar's laboratory. How is that this paintings performed? What pitfalls in fieldwork, processing, and interpretation were encountered and the way have they been conquer? What options were used to get on the proof and underlying causes of language sort? What does contemporary paintings recommend in regards to the such a lot lucrative components and strategies for destiny research?
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As scribal work neared completion in 1978, Univer sity Microfilms International and the University of Georgia Press agreed to publish basic and descriptive materials after the convincing examples of Kurath, Allen, and Cassidy. When editorial work began in 1981, the computer had become a conventional tool in the manipulation of linguistic data. The project developed in the shadows of these histor ical accidents that offered precedence, programs, and electronic equip ment to study native speech in the American South.
Some of their writings on the subject are includ ed in my bibliography. As a kind of mini-experiment in the Séguy technique, I used the LANE data from six localities in central Connecti cut to test the validity of the often stated claim that the Connecticut River is a dialect boundary in that state. The localities I used are shown on Figure 5; they are 14 Wolcott, 24 Simsbury, 29 Killingworth, 33 Norwichtown, 43 Windham, and 49 Woodstock. It will be seen that the first three are to the west of the river and the other three to the east.
From SDR through LANE, atlases formed master files of linguistic data entered on maps. Without the resources of inexpen sive printing, microphotography, and computers, the pioneers built their files by hand. The centerpiece was Gilliéron and Edmont's Atlas linguistique de la France. During the years between those atlases, the magnificent cartog raphy of Jaberg and Jud raised the work to an art form. Their calligra phy, woodcuts, and multicolored overlays suggest fine art, rather than linguistic inventory.
American Dialect Research: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Dialect Society, 1889-1989 by Dennis R. Preston