Sound Change Estimation in Netherlandic Regional Languages: Reducing Inter-Transcriber Variability in Dialect Corpora

Raoul Sergio Samuel Jan Buurke*, Martijn Wieling

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Large phonetic corpora are frequently used to investigate language variation and change in dialects, but these corpora are often constructed by many researchers in a collaborative effort. This typically results in inter-transcriber issues that may impact the reliability of analyses using these data. This problem is exacerbated when multiple phonetic corpora are compared when investigating real time dialect change. In this study, we therefore propose a method to automatically and iteratively merge phonetic symbols used in the transcriptions to obtain a more coarse-grained, but better comparable, phonetic transcription. Our approach is evaluated using two large phonetic Netherlandic dialect corpora in an attempt to estimate sound change in the area in the 20th century. The results are discussed in the context of the available literature about dialect change in the Netherlandic area.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)7-28
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftTaal en Tongval
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 1-sep.-2023

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