Spatial-temporal Modeling of Linguistic Regions and Processes with Combined Indeterminate and Crisp Boundaries

Johannes Scholz*, Thomas J. Lampoltshammer, Norbert Bartelme, Eveline Wandl-Vogt

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The paper elaborates on the spatial-temporal modeling of linguistic and dialect phenomena. Language Geography—a branch of Human Geography—tries to enhance the visual exploration of linguistic data, and utilizes a number of methodologies from GIScience, whereas publications focusing on analyzing linguistic data in GIScience are hard to find. This research work highlights the representation of language and/or dialect regions with combined indeterminate and crisp boundaries—i.e. frontiers and borders. Both boundary “types” are necessary in order to model the spatial-temporal dynamics of language phenomena. The article analyzes the emerging, ending, moving and merging of linguistic/dialect regions and phenomena with respect to space and time and the boundary types. In order to represent frontiers or indeterminate boundaries, fuzzy logic is employed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Cartography: EuroCarto 2015
EditorsGeorg Gartner, Markus Jobst, Haosheng Huang
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-19602-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography: EuroCarto 2015 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 10 Nov 201512 Nov 2015


Conference1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography


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