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Quantitative Sources for the Study of Language and Society: Free for the Downloading!

Free talk with Prof. Walter Kamphoefner, Texas A&M

Thu, November 2, 2017 | CLA 1.302E, Glickman Conference Center

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This talk discusses quantitative sources for the study of language and society, giving particular emphasis to the IPUMS series of nationwide representative U.S. Census samples (specifically the 1940 Census IPUMS full-count data set). These, together with full-count data sets can be applied to questions of historical and contemporary linguistics, along with another resource based on county level census language data, the MLA language maps. Kamphoefner will explore the possibilities for investigating Language/Mother Tongue as both a Dependent Variable and an Independent Variable. In the first category are factors which promote heritage language preservation or the transition to English, e.g. geographic factors and social factors. Language/Mother Tongue can also be investigated as an Independent Variable, to explore its effect on income, occupational patterns, education, geographic mobility, marriage partners, and the like. The data can help identify not only immigrants but also the second generation, and detect language persistence beyond immigrants and their children This data includes detailed geographic identifiers which would facilitate the mapping of heritage language islands.



Sponsored by: Texas German Dialect Project, Linguistics Research Center, Department of Germanic Studies, and the Texas Language Center

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