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Non-crossing dependencies: Least effort, not grammar

Author
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Type of activity
Book chapter
Book
Towards a theoretical framework for analyzing complex linguistic networks
First page
203
Last page
234
Publisher
Springer
Date of publication
2016-01-01
ISBN
978-3-662-47238-5 Open in new window
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-47238-5_10 Open in new window
Repository
http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.2645 Open in new window
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/79345 Open in new window
URL
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-662-47238-5_10 Open in new window
Abstract
The use of null hypotheses (in a statistical sense) is common in hard sciences but not in theoretical linguistics. Here the null hypothesis that the low frequency of syntactic dependency crossings is expected by an arbitrary ordering of words is rejected. It is shown that this would require star dependency structures, which are both unrealistic and too restrictive. The hypothesis of the limited resources of the human brain is revisited. Stronger null hypotheses taking into account actual depende...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. Non-crossing dependencies: Least effort, not grammar. A: "Towards a theoretical framework for analyzing complex linguistic networks". Springer, 2016, p. 203-234.
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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