Master of Arts
Department of English
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Phillip M. Carter
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Scholarship in folk dialectology has successfully demonstrated that folk beliefs about language vary wildly according to geographical region. The current study, an analysis of non-linguists’ beliefs toward language in Florida and Miami-Dade County, reports on the results of a study using Dennis Preston’s draw-a- map technique, processed with ArcGIS. Two maps, a map which depicted a minimally-labeled outline of the State of Florida, and a second map which depicted the outline of Miami-Dade County, were given to 46 participants. When collected, the maps were scanned and geo-referenced into ArcGIS, a Geographical Information Systems (GIS)-based tool used to process perceptual dialectology data using techniques outlined by Montgomery and Stoeckle (2013). Analysis of the map data shows that participants perceive the state of Florida as a multidimensional language continuum from the state line in the north to the southern tip of the peninsula, and perceive multiple, distinct language communities in Miami-Dade County. These findings suggest that South Florida residents connect language varieties strongly with distinct geographic and perceived sociocultural spaces.
Garzon, Daniel, "Exploring Miamians’ Perceptions of Linguistic Variation In Miami-Dade County and The State Of Florida" (2017). MA in Linguistics Final Projects. 5.
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