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Title: The Computational Analysis of Bulgarian Dialect Pronunciation
Authors: Prokić, Jelena
Nerbonne, John
Zhobov, Vladimir
Osenova, Petya
Simov, Kiril
Zastrow, Thomas
Hinrichs, Erhard
Keywords: Dialectology
Computational Dialectometry
Phonetic Similarity
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Citation: Serdica Journal of Computing, Vol. 3, No 3, (2009), 269p-298p
Abstract: The paper presents a computational analysis of Bulgarian dialect variation, concentrating on pronunciation differences. It describes the phonetic data set compiled during the project* ‘Measuring Linguistic Unity and Diversity in Europe’ that consists of the pronunciations of 157 words collected at 197 sites from all over Bulgaria. We also present the results of analyzing this data set using various quantitative methods and compare them to the traditional scholarship on Bulgarian dialects. The results have shown that various dialectometrical techniques clearly identify east-west division of the country along the ‘jat’ border, as well as the third group of varieties in the Rodopi area. The rest of the groups specified in the traditional atlases either were not confirmed or were confirmed with a low confidence.
ISSN: 1312-6555
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