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Title: Computer-aided contributions to the study of Irish dialects
Author: McKendry, Eugene
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 1982
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The LASID was compiled over two decades ago, without computers in mind, and the work which follows may be considered as an attempt to graft computer technology onto traditional dialect research methodology. However, in view of the benefits gained from this combination of disciplines, we hope that a foundation has been laid for future work. The computer is best characterized by its potential for data retrieval and the project described in this thesis should not be seen as exhausted, but rather as beginning. The program is available to other researchers. It may be used within the university itself, or by request, or may be accessed at a distance by telephone link-up, using the program and data in Q.U.B., or, where hardware is compatible, in any other institution where the software can be made available. It is my hope that other researchers will make free use of this facility. The potential of this project may perhaps be judged by the amount of computer mill-time it has used. In the academic year 1979-80, for example, it used 13.20 hours of computer mill-time out of a total for the Faculty of Arts of 13.41 hours. As another basis for comparison, the whole Statistics section of the Faculty of Science used 16.15 hours and Medical Statistics used 13.31 hours. This LASID work is equal to 0.52% of the University's total mill-time, which is recognised as an extremely high work input for a single project. In retrospect, I feel that the decision to use the computer has been well justified. Many of the problems which arose were technical rather than theoretical. The University's ageing 1906S computer, which holds the LASID data, has been plagued with mechanical failure and caused frustrating delays. However, the LASID material will soon be transferred to a newer, more reliable machine, smoothing the path for further developments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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