A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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Johnson, Mary

Lexicon overlap between author and dialects

This is how much the author's top 200 most frequently used words overlaps with each major dialects top 200 words
An overlap of more than 50% is a pretty good match. Because of the nature of the top 200 words, almost no-one has an overlap of more than 70%, they'd have to be writing about a really broad range of things, like body parts, working, playing, thinking, governance, and so on.
On average Scots writers overlap with English by about 27%, so this is perhaps an indication on where on the Scots - Scottish English spectrum a writer's lexicon lies.

Dialect groupoverlap
Central52.5%
Doric56.5%
Ulster41.0%
Shetland43.0%
Orkney48.5%
Southern44.0%
English30.0%

Fine-grain dialect

DialectoverlapDescription
ORK48.5%Orkney
SHD43.0%Shetland
TON0.0%Tonge
NNB37.5%North Northern B (Caithness)
NNA12.0%North Northern A (Black Isle)
MNA53.0%Mid Northern A
MNB45.0%Mid Northern B
SNO43.0%South Northern
ABN56.5%Aberdeen
DOR50.0%General Northern
NEC46.0%North East Central
SEC49.0%(South) East Central
WCE51.0%West Central
DUN44.5%Dundee
EDN51.0%Edinburgh
GLA54.0%Glasgow
AYR49.5%Ayrshire
LAL52.5%General Central
SEA42.5%South East (Borders)
SWE52.5%South West (Galloway)
DUL2.5%Donegal (East Donegal)
WUL41.5%West Ulster (Letterkenny / L'Derry)
CUL36.0%Coleraine Ulster (North Antrim)
BUL36.5%Ballymena Ulster (Mid Antrim)
SUL20.0%South Antrim (Between Sixmilewater and Belfast)
BEL0.0%Eastern Ulster (Belfast)
PUL43.0%Peninsular Ulster (Ards)
EUL38.5%East Antrim (Larne)
GUL28.0%General Ulster
SYN34.0%Synthetic (no region)