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Testing the robustness of laws of polysemy and brevity versus frequency

Author
Hernandez Fernandez, A.; Casas, B.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Baixeries, J.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
4th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing
Date of publication
2016
Presentation's date
2016-10-12
Book of congress proceedings
Statistical Language and Speech Processing: 4th International Conference, SLSP 2016, Pilsen, Czech Republic, October 11-12, 2016, Proceedings
First page
19
Last page
29
Publisher
Springer
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45925-7_2 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/101921 Open in new window
URL
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-45925-7_2 Open in new window
Abstract
The pioneering research of G.K. Zipf on the relationship between word frequency and other word features led to the formulation of various linguistic laws. Here we focus on a couple of them: the meaning-frequency law, i.e. the tendency of more frequent words to be more polysemous, and the law of abbreviation, i.e. the tendency of more frequent words to be shorter. Here we evaluate the robustness of these laws in contexts where they have not been explored yet to our knowledge. The recovery of the ...
Citation
Hernandez Fernandez, A., Casas, B., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Baixeries, J. Testing the robustness of laws of polysemy and brevity versus frequency. A: International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing. "Statistical Language and Speech Processing: 4th International Conference, SLSP 2016, Pilsen, Czech Republic, October 11-12, 2016, Proceedings". Pilsen: Springer, 2016, p. 19-29.
Keywords
Brevity, Polysemy, Word frequency, Zipf’s law
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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