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A new dialectometric approach applied to the Breton language

Guylaine Brun-Trigaud 1 Tanguy Solliec 2 Jean Le Dû 2
1 BCL, équipe Dialectologie et Linguistique formelle
BCL - Bases, Corpus, Langage (UMR 7320 - UNS / CNRS)
2 CRBC Brest - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
UBO - Université de Brest, IBSHS - Institut Brestois des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société, CRBC - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
Abstract : This paper presents a new dialectometric approach applied to the Breton language in the heart of Breton-speaking Brittany. It is based on data from the Nouvel Atlas Linguistique de la Basse-Bretagne Le Dû (2001). We process qualitative data using the Levenshtein algorithm which allows us to accurately measure and take into account the discrepancies or similarities between different pronunciations of a given word. This contribution aims to determine whether linguistic distance is caused by a frequent repetition of the same phenomenon or whether it is the outcome of multiple changes. Our first results suggest new ways of analysing Breton data.
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Guylaine Brun-Trigaud, Tanguy Solliec, Jean Le Dû. A new dialectometric approach applied to the Breton language. Marie-Hélène Côté, Remco Knooihuizen & John Nerbonne. The future of dialects, Language Science Press, pp.135-154, 2016, ⟨10.17169/langsci.b81.147⟩. ⟨hal-01551178⟩

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