Hierarchical Clustering of Speakers into Accents with the Accdist Metric

  title={Hierarchical Clustering of Speakers into Accents with the Accdist Metric},
  author={Mark Huckvale},
Hierarchical clustering of speakers by their pronunciation patterns could be a useful technique for the discovery of accents and the relationships between accents and sociological variables. However it is first necessary to ensure that the clustering is not influenced by the physical characteristics of the speakers. In this study a number of approaches to agglomerative hierarchical clustering of 275 speakers from 14 regional accent groups of the British Isles are formally evaluated. The ACCDIST… CONTINUE READING

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