Bill Haddican

Affiliation: 
CUNY Queens College
Talk Title: 
The non-independence of variants in judgement data
Event Type: 
Colloquium
Semester: 
Fall 2016
Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30 pm
Location: 
SAC 305

A standard assumption in the Labovian sociolinguistics and historical syntax literature is that linguistic variants are mutually dependent in speakers' probabilistic knowledge about variation (Cedergren & Sanko_ 1974, Sanko_ & Labov 1979, Kroch 1989, 2001). This is an assumption in models of production data, where, for a given context of variation with n variants, the probability of use of variant n (vn) will be 1-(Pr(v1) + . . . Pr(vn

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