Hunting for Significance
PDF

How to Cite

Johansson, Christer. 2013. “Hunting for Significance”. Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies 3 (1). https://doi.org/10.15845/bells.v3i1.372.

Abstract

The concepts of statistical significance and effect size are discussed. Three small case studies using data from Google search, and the British National Corpus are presented. The cases illustrate how some linguistic questions can be investigated quantitatively, and which measures could be interesting for the linguist to consider. Implications and a linguistic interpretation of effect size are discussed. The effect size gives a clue to how hard it is to detect a significant association, and this is information that significance alone does not provide.

Keywords: significance; effect size, ecological validity, quantitative linguistics

https://doi.org/10.15845/bells.v3i1.372
PDF

Copyright (c) 2013 Christer Johansson

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 International License.

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Bergen Open Access Publishing