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Costanza Asnaghi

Guest of the GRK in 2010

The goal of Costanza's research is to identify lexical features that are regionally patterned in written Standard California English, and to use this information to map regional California dialects. Her research is the first survey of linguistic variation in written Standard California English. Together with Jack Grieve, Costanza developed a new method of data collection in order to collect the quantity of data required for a lexical study. The method aims to identify patterns of regional lexical variation using site-restricted web searches in the newspaper domain. She also uses multidimensional scaling techniques to map her data and obtain geographical patterns of language variation.