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Conversational Network in the Chinese Buddhist Canon

  • John Lee and Tak-sum Wong
From the journal Open Linguistics


This article describes a method to analyze characters in a literary text by considering their verbal interactions. This method exploits techniques from computational linguistics to extract all direct speech from a treebank, and to build a conversational network that visualizes the speakers, the listeners and their degree of interaction. We apply this method to create and visualize a conversational network for the Chinese Buddhist Canon. We analyze the protagonists and their interlocutors, and report statistics on their number of utterances and types of listeners, how their speech was reported, and subcommunities in the network.


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Received: 2016-2-29
Accepted: 2016-9-25
Published Online: 2016-10-26

© 2016 John Lee, Tak-sum Wong

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License.

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