Aikman's Texan English

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Sep 26 14:03:11 UTC 2007

Carson Schuetze's work on data evaluation (although oriented towards
grammaticality judgments and the like) is very helpful. Have a look
at  The empirical base of linguistics: Grammaticality judgments and
linguistic methodology (1996). University of Chicago Press.


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>>  At 10:01 AM -0400 9/25/07, Dennis Preston wrote:
>>>  and I also suspect a nonsystematic error for the double "had";
>>  Can we be sure it's an error, and not simply a variant?
>This leads into a much wider issue, particularly sticky for those of us
>who analyze language quantitatively: How can we be sure *anything* is an
>error? It always semi-bothers me (including in my own stuff) when
>"obvious errors in production were ignored". Who's to say that that
>long-u in boot that sure sounded like a short-a wasn't simply the one
>time the speaker fronted and lowered long-u extremely--but that it's
>still part of the speaker's system, despite being a clear outlier?
>*I* don't have an answer, that's for sure. Anything been published on
>this issue that any of you know of?
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Dennis R. Preston
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