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Polysemy and brevity versus frequency in language

Author
Casas, B.; Hernandez Fernandez, A.; Català Roig, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Baixeries, J.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Computer speech and language
Date of publication
2019-11-01
Volume
58
First page
19
Last page
50
DOI
10.1016/j.csl.2019.03.007
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/134935 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885230817300414 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. The most popular is Zipf’s law for word frequencies. Here we focus on two laws that have been studied less intensively: 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. In a previous work, we tested the robustness o...
Citation
Casas, B. [et al.]. Polysemy and brevity versus frequency in language. "Computer speech and language", 1 Novembre 2019, vol. 58, p. 19-50.
Keywords
Brevity, Polysemy, Word frequency, Zipf’s laws
Group of research
GPLN - Natural Language Processing Group
IDEAI-UPC - Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability
TALP - Centre for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications

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