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Tyne Bytes

A Computerised Sociolinguistic Study of Tyneside


Valerie Jones-Sargent

The relationships between language variation and social structure within an urban community are far too complex to be adequately handled by traditional methods. The Tyneside Linguistic Survey offers a radical approach to sociolinguistic modelling, using multi-variate techniques. Linguistic and social «clusters» are discovered within a sample of Tyneside speakers by generating classifications based on a wide range of linguistic and social variables. In this study Dr. Jones-Sargent lucidly presents the background and philosophy of the TLS, the implementation of the computer model and an analysis of the results.
Contents: Methodology and model of the TLS - Some new problems raised - Programming - Social classification - Linguistic classification - The relationship between the social space and the linguistic space.