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Analyzing the Sounds of Languages

Analyzing the Sounds of Languages

This book is intended primarily as a textbook for LING 2051, Analyzing the sounds of languages, but can also be used for self study to learn the basics of quantitative methods and as an introduction to the statistical program R (www.r-project.org). We introduce basic, yet often misunderstood, concepts of quantitative analysis and statistics, using real data taken from the field of linguistics, especially phonetics and phonology. We introduce questions, such as “Do Southerners really talk more slowly?” (Chapter 10), or “Why do we expect scholarly words to be longer than familiar words?” (Chapter 2) as a framework for introducing the numerical concepts required to answer research questions such as these. We believe that statistical methods should not be introduced in the absence of a research... Show More
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