Lexical Change and Variation in the Southeastern United by Ms. Ellen Johnson

By Ms. Ellen Johnson

This publication discusses phrases utilized in the Southeast and the way they've got replaced in the course of the twentieth century. It additionally describes how the lexicon varies based on the speaker's age, race, schooling, intercourse, and position of place of dwelling (urban as opposed to rural; coastal as opposed to piedmont as opposed to mountain). information amassed within the Thirties as a part of the Linguistic Atlas of the center and South Atlantic States venture have been in comparison with facts amassed in 1990 from comparable audio system within the similar communities.The effects express that sector was once crucial consider differentiating dialects within the Nineteen Thirties yet that it's the least very important point within the Nineteen Nineties, with age, schooling, race, and age all displaying concerning the similar effect at the use of vocabulary. An appendix encompasses a tally of the responses given via seventy eight audio system to a hundred and fifty questions about vocabulary goods, besides audio system' remark. effects from the Nineteen Thirties can be in comparison to these from 1990, making this a treasure trove for an individual attracted to neighborhood phrases or in how our speech is altering because the South strikes from an agricultural economic system via industrialization and into the knowledge age.  

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E. based on their husbands' occupations), which possibly produce skewed results. By stating results based on education only, rather than a combined score, informants are classified according to individual rather than family characteristics. The subjective classifications made by LAMSAS fieldworkers into the traditional classes I, II, and III were avoided here in favor of a more objective measurement, but it is reasonable to expect that these categories might provide additional evidence of social class membership, despite their qualitative rather than quantitative basis.

3 per informant, a negligible difference. Thus, although people seem to be using more different vocabulary items, many of them are not marked for a particular region or social group. Statistical Methods It will be helpful to keep in mind that frequency in this study is not equivalent to frequency in studies that count occurrences of a variant from an extended recording of an individual's speech. Here, frequency refers to the number of informants in the sample who mentioned a particular term in response to a question.

The equal numbers of informants in each grid unit could also be used for a quick visual check of the evidence without having to calculate percentages, as described in Schneider and Kretzschmar 1989 and Kretzschmar 1992a. Currently, LAMSAS is moving away from this type of measurement of regional variation to more sophisticated inductive methods used by geographers (Lee and Kretzschmar, 1993). For the present study, working deductively from predefined categories works best, since this treats the variable region the same way as other variables of race, sex, age, and education.

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