Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Integrating linguistics maps to show scholarly interpretation

Chitsuko Fukushima


There are four steps in the process of map-making using a computer: 1) Electronic data production, 2) Sorting and mapping data, 3) Comparing, integrating, superimposing, and linking data, and 4) Publishing linguistic maps. The third stage includes integrating linguistic data from different sources. In this paper, map integration in this stage is focused and its examples are introduced to prove that the procedure is also based on scholarly interpretation. First, linguistic maps of a small lexical system are integrated to depict lexical stratification in the area. Second, linguistic maps made from the phonological point of view are integrated to show phonological stratification in the area. Phonologically contrastive areas and phonologically transitional areas are expressed by integrated maps.

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