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Vector spaces for historical linguistics: Using distributional semantics to study syntactic productivity in diachrony
Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers)
This paper describes an application of distributional semantics to the study of syntactic productivity in diachrony, i.e., the property of grammatical constructions to attract new lexical items over time. By providing an empirical measure of semantic similarity between words derived from lexical co-occurrences, distributional semantics not only reliably captures how the verbs in the distribution of a construction are related, but also enables the use of visualization techniques and statisticaldoi:10.3115/v1/p14-2051 dblp:conf/acl/Perek14 fatcat:6xux3l3cg5hahdhthhmdjask7a