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Title: How to measure frequency? Different ways of counting ergatives in Chintang (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal) and their implications 
Author: Stoll, Sabine; Bickel, Balthasar
Date: 2012-08
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Stoll, Sabine and Balthasar Bickel. 2012. How to measure frequency? Different ways of counting ergatives in Chintang (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal) and their implications. In Frank Seifart, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek (eds). 2012. Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization. 90-95. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Abstract: The frequency of linguistic phenomena is standardly measured relative to some structurally defined unit (e.g. per 1,000 words or per clause). Drawing on a case study on the acquisition of ergativity by children in Chintang, an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal, we propose that from a psycholinguistic point of view, it is sometimes necessary to measure frequencies relative to the length of the time windows within which speakers and hearers use the language, rather than relative to structurally defined units. This approach requires that corpus design control for recording length and that transcripts be systematically linked to timestamps in the audiovisual signal.
Series/Report No.: LD&C Special Publication
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-0-0
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License

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