A different look at AAE dialect regions

While it’s still far too early for me to have results from my (audio) dialect survey for African American English Accents, I recently got a nice replication of some previous findings. I was at a computational sociolinguistics workshop a few weeks ago, and was graciously allowed access to some 2013 data, to compliment my 2015 work. Anyway, looking at a million tweets, I found the same pattern — South to North — of use of sholl for “sure”. (This is comparing all spelling variants, so sholl, shol, showl, showll, shole, etc. versus sure, shurr, shur, etc.)

Using a Getis-Ord Gi* statistic for hotspot analysis, much the same pattern as I’d argued for in 2015 appears in this different dataset. Note, however, that I did play fast and loose with the K nearest-neighbors, and this is a very preliminary analysis. I’m also still working out how best to represent the “envelope of variation” — so this is an analysis where I’m comparing sholl to sure as a proportion of total tweets.

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As I’ve written about elsewhere, this feature and others do not pattern at all like regional variation in (white) English described in the Atlas of North American English.

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