William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

University of Georgia


Southern English by the Numbers

Various quantitative techniques have been applied to the analysis of Southern English. Some are simple counts of features, others are elaborate applications of advanced statistics. Some refer to linguistic perceptions, and others to the production of linguistic features. What do these numbers tell us? Which techniques work best? In this essay I will illustrate several quantitative approaches, and discuss their relative success given the types of questions that they are supposed to be answering about Southern English.