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Quantitative Methods in Linguistics offers a practical introduction to statistics and quantitative analysis with data sets drawn from the field and coverage of phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and syntax, as well as probability distribution and quantitative methods.

  • Provides balanced treatment of the practical aspects of handling quantitative linguistic data
  • Includes sample datasets contributed by researchers working in a variety of sub-disciplines of linguistics
  • Uses R, the statistical software package most commonly used by linguists, to discover patterns in quantitative data and to test linguistic hypotheses
  • Includes student-friendly end-of-chapter assignments and is accompanied by online resources at www.blackwellpublishing.com/quantmethods.
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Editorial Reviews

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"As research in the language sciences becomes more interdisciplinary, students must become proficient in a wider range of data analysis methods. Johnson’s text is a comprehensive and detailed introduction to some of the most widely used statistical methods in language research. The book teaches by example, walking the reader through the analysis of data sets using the software package R, which provides concrete understanding of how to apply the methods, not just understand them conceptually. This is a good practical text, one that can serve as a handbook, and is appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are doing research in the broad field of language." Mark A Pitt, Ohio State University

"Johnson's book is a catalyst for change in linguistics. Increasingly, the subjective, impressionistic data collection method is being replaced by objective, quantitative measurements. This book serves an important function in this process leading students step-by-step toward using statistical methods to analyze complex data." Chilin Shih, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"This rich and rewarding textbook is a must-read for all students and researchers who wish to follow the new wave of sophisticated empirical models and methods now sweeping the field of linguistics from phonetics to syntax and semantics." Joan Bresnan, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405144247
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Johnson is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics, Second Edition (Blackwell, 2002), as well as numerous articles on phonetics and speech perception.

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Table of Contents


Design of the Book.

1. Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis.

1.1 What We Accomplish in Quantitative Analysis.

1.2 How to Describe an Observation.

1.3 Frequency Distributions: A Fundamental Building Block of Quantitative Analysis.

1.4 Types of Distributions.

1.5 Is Normal Data, Well, Normal?.

1.6 Measures of Central Tendency.

1.7 Measures of Dispersion.

1.8 Standard Deviation of the Normal Distribution.


2. Patterns and Tests.

2.1 Sampling.

2.2 Data.

2.3 Hypothesis Testing.

2.3.1 The Central Limit Theorem.

2.3.2 Score Keeping.

2.3.3 H0: µ = 100.

2.3.4 Type I and Type II Error.

2.4 Correlation.

2.4.1 Covariance and Correlation.

2.4.2 The Regression Line.

2.4.3 Amount of Variance Accounted For.


3. Phonetics.

3.1 Comparing Mean Values.

3.1.1 Cherokee Voice Onset Time: µ1971=µ2001.

3.1.2 Samples Have Equal Variance.

3.1.3 If the Samples Do Not Have Equal Variance.

3.1.4 Paired t Test: Are Men Different from Women?.

3.1.5 The Sign Test.

3.2 Predicting the Back of the Tongue from the Front: Multiple Regression.

3.2.1 The Covariance Matrix.

3.2.2 More than One slope: The bi.

3.2.3 Selecting a Model.

3.3 Tongue Shape Factors: Principal Components Analysis.


4. Psycholinguistics.

4.1 Analysis of Variance: One Factor, More than Two Levels.

4.2 Two Factors: Interaction.

4.3 Repeated Measures.

4.3.1 An Example of Repeated Measures ANOVA.

4.3.2 Repeated Measures ANOVA with a Between-Subjects Factor.

4.4 The “Language as Fixed Effect” Fallacy.

4.5 Exercises.

5. Sociolinguistics.

5.1 When the Data are Counts - Contingency Tables.

5.1.1 Frequency in a Contingency Table.

5.2 Working with Probabilities: The Binomial Distribution.

5.2.1 Bush or Kerry?.

5.3 An Aside about Maximum Likelihood Estimation.

5.4 Logistic Regression.

5.5 An Example from the [∫]treets of Columbus.

5.5.1 On the Relationship between x2 and G2.

5.5.2 More than One Predictor.

5.6 Logistic Regression as Regression: An Ordinal Effect - Age.

5.7 Varbrul/R Comparison.


6. Historical Linguistics.

6.1 Cladistics: Where Linguistics and Evolutionary Biology Meet.

6.2 Clustering on the Basis of Shared Vocabulary.

6.3 Cladistic Analysis: Combining Character-Based Subtrees.

6.4 Clustering on the Basis of Spelling Similarity.

6.5 Multidimensional Scaling: A Language Similarity Space.


7. Syntax.

7.1 Measuring Sentence Acceptability.

7.2 A Psychogrammatical Law?.

7.3 Linear Mixed Effects in the Syntactic Expression of Agents in English.

7.3.1 Linear Regression: Overall, and Separately by Verbs.

7.3.2 Fitting a Linear Mixed-Effects Model: Fixed and Random Effects.

7.3.3 Fitting Five More Mixed-Effects Models: Finding the Best Model.

7.4 Predicting the Dative Alternation: Logistic Modeling of Syntactic Corpora Data.

7.4.1 Logistic Model of Dative Alternation.

7.4.2 Evaluating the Fit of the Model.

7.4.3 Adding a Random Factor: Mixed Effects Logistic Regression.


Appendix 7A.



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