24.2067, Qs: Resources on Semantic Analysis in Perceptual Dialectology

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Subject: 24.2067, Qs: Resources on Semantic Analysis in Perceptual Dialectology

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Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 12:32:12
From: Sven Metzler [mesv at hrz.tu-chemnitz.de]
Subject: Resources on Semantic Analysis in Perceptual Dialectology

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My name is Sven and I am currently writing my M.A. thesis on the topic of
perceptual dialectology – Non-linguists perception of dialects in Germany and

I gathered about 80 questionnaires in order to analyze them with regard to
1. Dialect boundaries
2. Associated semantic features (such as unique words, phonetic descriptions,
stereotypical labeling etc.)

Thus, I am in need of American or English studies which include the analysis
of semantic content. I have found two studies:
1. Mary Bucholtz et al. (2007). “Hella Nor Cal or Totally So Cal? The
Perceptual Dialectology of California.” In Journal of English Linguistics
(35)4: 325-352.
2. Fought, Carmen (2002). “California Students´Perception of, You Know,
Regions and Dialects?” in Daniel Long and Dennis R. Preston, eds., Handbook of
Perceptual Dialectology, Vol.II. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing:

I hope somebody can give me an answer to the following questions:
1. Does anybody know any further studies on this aspect?
2. If not, why has this field of research been neglected so far?

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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