minpair_fl(corpus_context, segment_pairs, relative_count=True, distinguish_homophones=False, environment_filters=None, prevent_normalization=False, stop_check=None, call_back=None)¶
Calculate the functional load of the contrast between two segments as a count of minimal pairs.
Begin by creating a representation of each transcription that has collapsed all segment pairs (subject to the environment filter) and creating a dict with these segment-merged representations as keys, with lists of their respective words as values. Minimal pairs are then each pair of words within the list of words with the same segment-merged representation.
corpus_context : CorpusContext
Context manager for a corpus
segment_pairs : list of length-2 tuples of str
The pairs of segments to be conflated.
relative_count : bool, optional
If True, divide the number of minimal pairs by the total count by the total number of words that contain either of the two segments.
distinguish_homophones : bool, optional
If False, then you’ll count sock~shock (sock=clothing) and sock~shock (sock=punch) as just one minimal pair; but if True, you’ll overcount alternative spellings of the same word, e.g. axel~actual and axle~actual. False is the value used by Wedel et al.
environment_filters : list of EnvironmentFilter
Allows the user to restrict the neutralization process to segments in particular segmental contexts
stop_check : callable, optional
Optional function to check whether to gracefully terminate early
call_back : callable, optional
Optional function to supply progress information during the function
tuple(int or float, list)
Tuple of: 0. if relative_count`==False, an int of the raw number of minimal pairs; if `relative_count`==True, a float of that count divided by the total number of words in the corpus that include either `s1 or s2; and 1. list of minimal pairs.