A comparison of word lists to estimate the degree of lexical similarity between the speech varieties the word lists represent. Word lists can provide some broad insights into possible dialect groupings.
For Recorded Text Testing, subjects listen to recorded stories, with comprehension questions asked within the stories. After the subject has listened to the stories, questions regarding language attitudes are asked. This helps in the assessment of subjects' attitudes towards actual samples of the language from selected areas.
The steps of language survey: an outline of practical methods was written by Dr. Ramzi W. Nahhas, last revised in March 2007. The steps of survey guides students and surveyors though each step it takes to complete a successful survey.
Language surveyors investigate populations of speakers of languages all over the world. Usually, information must be gathered from a sample of a population. Thus, it is crucial to understand how to obtain a representative sample. This paper provides an overview and comparison of random and non-random sampling methods, with an emphasis on the assumptions necessary to generalize information from a non-random sample to a larger population.
The Resarch and Instrument Design (RAID) document was developed as an aid to survey research design. It contains an inventory of possible survey Purposes, Goals, and Research Questions; and their associated Concepts, Indicators, Instruments and Probes. While not exhaustive, the RAID document provides a useful platform for surveyors to begin designing their research by identifying their survey Purposes and clearly stating their Research Questions; and developing the necessary Instruments to answer these questions.
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