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The placement of the head that maximizes predictability: An information theoretic approach

Author
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Glottometrics
Date of publication
2017-01-01
Volume
39
First page
38
Last page
71
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/108830 Open in new window
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.09932 Open in new window
URL
https://www.ram-verlag.eu/journals-e-journals/glottometrics/ Open in new window
Abstract
The minimization of the length of syntactic dependencies is a well-established principle of word order and the basis of a mathematical theory of word order. Here we complete that theory from the perspective of information theory, adding a competing word order principle: the maximization of predictability of a target element. These two principles are in conflict: to maximize the predictability of the head, the head should appear last, which maximizes the costs with respect to dependency length mi...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. The placement of the head that maximizes predictability: An information theoretic approach. "Glottometrics", 1 Gener 2017, vol. 39, p. 38-71.
Keywords
Compression, Gesture, Hilberg’s law, Word order
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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