Towards robust cross-linguistic comparisons of phonological networks

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Abstract

Recent work has proposed using network science to analyse the structure of the mental lexicon by viewing words as nodes in a phonological network, with edges connecting words that differ by a single phoneme. Comparing the structure of phonological networks across different languages could provide insights into linguistic typology and the cognitive pressures that shape language acquisition, evolution, and processing. However, previous studies have not considered how statistics gathered from these networks are affected by factors such as lexicon size and the distribution of word lengths. We show that these factors can substantially affect the statistics of a phonological network and propose a new method for making more robust comparisons. We then analyse eight languages, finding many commonalities but also some qualitative differences in their lexicon structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Annual SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages110-120
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-945626-08-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2016
Event14th Annual SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 11 Aug 201611 Aug 2016
http://www.sigmorphon.org/

Conference

Conference14th Annual SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology
Abbreviated titleSIGMORPHON 2016
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period11/08/1611/08/16
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