A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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Cartmill, Claire

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
Central32.0%
Doric27.0%
Ulster31.0%
Shetland23.0%
Orkney29.0%
Southern27.0%
English27.0%

Fine-grain dialect

DialectoverlapDescription
ORK29.0%Orkney
SHD23.0%Shetland
TON0.0%Tonge
NNB21.5%North Northern B (Caithness)
NNA8.5%North Northern A (Black Isle)
MNA27.0%Mid Northern A
MNB27.5%Mid Northern B
SNO25.5%South Northern
DUN29.5%Dundee
ABN32.5%Aberdeen
DOR27.0%General Northern
NEC27.5%North East Central
SEC28.5%(South) East Central
WCE32.0%West Central
EDN27.5%Edinburgh
GLA28.5%Glasgow
AYR26.5%Ayrshire
LAL30.0%General Central
SEA22.5%South East (Borders)
SWE32.5%South West (Galloway)
SOU0.0%General Southern
DUL4.0%Donegal (East Donegal)
WUL32.0%West Ulster (Letterkenny / L'Derry)
CUL30.0%Coleraine Ulster (North Antrim)
BUL31.0%Ballymena Ulster (Mid Antrim)
SUL16.5%South Antrim (Between Sixmilewater and Belfast)
BEL0.0%Eastern Ulster (Belfast)
PUL30.0%Peninsular Ulster (Ards)
EUL29.5%East Antrim (Larne)
GUL22.5%General Ulster
SYN23.0%Synthetic (no region)