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Motifs in Language and Text

Ed. by Liu, Haitao / Liang, Junying

Series:Quantitative Linguistics [QL] 71

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Publication Date:
March 2017
Copyright year:
2017
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978-3-11-047663-7
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On Motifs and Verb Valency

Čech, Radek / Vincze, Veronika / Altmann, Gabriel

Abstract

The present study mainly scrutinizes the question of motif-like characters of verb valency. Do they behave as other linguistic units? Tests are performed using the Czech text Šlépěj (Footprint) written by Karel Čapek and the Hungarian translation of G. Orwell’s 1984. The rank-frequency, the spectrum of motifs and the relation between length and frequency are examined. The Zipf-Mandelbrot distribution is used for the rank-frequency and spectrum as a model; the relationship between length and frequency is modelled by the Lorentzian function. For a determination of verb valency, a full valency approach is used. Results show that valency motifs are regular language entities.

Citation Information

Motifs in Language and Text

Edited by Liu, Haitao / Liang, Junying

De Gruyter

2017

Pages: 13–36

ISBN (Online): 9783110476637

DOI (Chapter): https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110476637-003

DOI (Book): https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110476637

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