The Levenshtein dialect distance method has proven to be a
successful method for measuring phonetic distances between
Dutch dialects. The aim of the present investigation is to validate the
Levenshtein dialect distance with perceptual data from a language area
other than the Dutch, namely Norway. We calculate the correlation
between the Levenshtein distances and the distances between 15
Norwegian dialects as judged by Norwegian listeners. We carry out this
analysis to see the degree to which the average Levenshtein distances
correspond to the psychoacoustic perception of the speakers of the
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