Lects in Helsinki Finnish - a probabilistic component modeling approach

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Kuparinen , O , Peltonen , J , Mustanoja , L , Leino , U & Santaharju , J 2021 , ' Lects in Helsinki Finnish - a probabilistic component modeling approach ' , Language Variation and Change , vol. 33 , 0954394521000041 , pp. 1-26 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954394521000041

Title: Lects in Helsinki Finnish - a probabilistic component modeling approach
Author: Kuparinen, Olli; Peltonen, Jaakko; Mustanoja, Liisa; Leino, Unni; Santaharju, Jenni
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
University of Helsinki, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Date: 2021-05-17
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: Language Variation and Change
ISSN: 0954-3945
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333453
Abstract: This article examines Finnish lects spoken in Helsinki from the 1970s to the 2010s with a probabilistic model called Latent Dirichlet Allocation. The model searches for underlying components based on the linguistic features used in the interviews. Several coherent lects were discovered as components in the data, which counters the results of previous studies that report only weak co-variation between features that are assumed to present the same lect. The speakers, however, are not categorical in their linguistic behavior and tend to use more than one lect in their speech. This implies that the lects should not be considered in parallel with seemingly uniform linguistic systems such as languages, but as partial systems that constitute a network.
Subject: 6121 Languages
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