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Getting off the GoldVarb standard:introducing Rbrul for mixed-effects variable rule analysis

Johnson, Daniel (2009) Getting off the GoldVarb standard:introducing Rbrul for mixed-effects variable rule analysis. Language and Linguistics Compass, 3 (1). pp. 359-383. ISSN 1749-818X

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Abstract

The variable rule program is one of the predominant data analysis tools used in sociolinguistics, employed successfully for over three decades to quantitatively assess the influence of multiple factors on linguistic variables. However, its most popular current version, GoldVarb, lacks flexibility and also isolates its users from the wider community of quantitative linguists. A new version of the variable rule program, Rbrul, attempts to resolve these concerns, and with mixed-effects modelling also addresses a more serious problem whereby GoldVarb overestimates the significance of effects. Rbrul's superior performance is demonstrated on both simulated and real data sets.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 59866
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2012 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 09:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59866

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