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Motifs in Language and Text
This paper applies the notion of linguistic motif to investigating the linear arrangement of dependency distance (DD) in Indo-European and its implicational meanings in language typology. A series of DD-motifs operating in a decreasing, increasing or equal magnitude are introduced. We first describe the frequency distribution of DD-motifs, and observe a preference for decreasing DD-motifs in human languages. Moreover, we further investigate the role of DDmotifs in controlling the syntacticdoi:10.1515/9783110476637-008 fatcat:5ib27horpfckxbgv7d3v7quc3m