Using Corpora of Recorded Speech for Historical Phonology

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter examines the use of electronic corpora of recorded speech in historical phonological analysis. On the one hand, corpora of this kind provide us with unique insights into the synchronic phonologies of varieties, allowing us to analyse change in real and apparent time in ways which have never been possible before. On the other hand, the fact that these corpora typically provide us with fragmentary, production-only data which are rarely strictly comparable with each other means that there are considerable limitations on our phonological interpretation of them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology
EditorsPatrick Honeybone, Joseph Salmons
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0199232819
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • electronic corpora
  • synchronic phonology
  • production
  • strict comparability
  • fragmentary data


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