Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17189
Title: Modeling Intelligibility of Written Germanic Languages: Do We Need to Distinguish Between Orthographic Stem and Affix Variation?
Contributor(s): Heeringa, Wilbert (author); Swarte, Femke (author); Schupert, Anja (author); Gooskens, Charlotte  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1017/S1470542714000166
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17189
Abstract: We measured orthographic differences between five Germanic languages. First, we tested the hypothesis that orthographic stem variation among languages does not correlate with orthographic variation in inflectional affixes. We found this hypothesis true when considering the aggregated stem and affix distances between the languages. We also correlated the stem and affix distances within the cognate pairs in each language pair. We found low correlations, the lowest of them being not significant. Second, we tested the hypothesis that orthographic stem variation among languages is larger than orthographic variation in inflectional affixes. This hypothesis was also found to be true. Orthographic distance is likely to be a potential predictor of written intelligibility, but our results suggest that when modeling written intelligibility, a distinction needs to be made between stem and affix distances.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 26(4), p. 361-394
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1475-3014
1470-5427
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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