Mark Richard Lauersdorf
Linguistic Visualizations as "objets d’art"?
Abstract This article undertakes a broad-ranging examination of the practice of data visualization in linguistic research, whether for elucidation and elaboration of theoretical models, analysis and interpretation of datasets, or summarization and presentation of research outcomes. Roman Jakobson’s cube model for Russian case theory, and the concept of objet d’art (Chvany 1987) as a notional frame, are deployed to draw attention to a range of issues that must be considered in the use of linguistic visualizations. Following a survey of traditional and newer visualization techniques in linguistic research, the specific example of data analysis in historical sociolinguistics is used to make an argument for linguistic visualization practices that “use all the data”, “view all the data”, “view all the combinations”, “view all the angles”, and “use all the techniques”.