Dependency Distance Motifs in 21 Indo- European Languages [chapter]

Yingqi Jing, Haitao Liu, Haitao Liu, Junying Liang
2017 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 syntactic
more » ... exity. The results show that serializing DD values in the same order of magnitude can more or less restrict the structural complexity, and it may be a useful method to realize the DD minimization in natural languages. Finally, we explore the value of DD-motifs in language typology. Our classification experiments reveal that adding the harmonic property and DD-motifs into dependency direction can improve the classification results.
doi:10.1515/9783110476637-008 fatcat:5ib27horpfckxbgv7d3v7quc3m