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LINGUIST List 20.3079

Sun Sep 13 2009

Books: Text&Corpus Ling/Semantics/Ling Theories: Popescu

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Word Frequency Studies: Popescu

Message 1: Word Frequency Studies: Popescu
Date: 09-Sep-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Word Frequency Studies: Popescu
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Title: Word Frequency Studies
Series Title: Quantitative Linguistics 64
Published: 2009
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110218527-1

Author: Ioan-Iovitz Popescu
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110218534 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 140.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110218534 Pages: 278 Price: Europe EURO 112.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110218527 Pages: 278 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110218527 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 140.001 Comment: for orders placed in North America

The present book finds and collects absolutely new aspects of word
frequency. First, eminent characteristics (such as the h-point, first used
in scientometrics, the k-, m-, and n-points) are introduced - it can be
shown that the geometry of word frequency is fundamentally based on them.
Furthermore, various indicators of text properties are proposed for the
first time, such as thematic concentration, autosemantic text compactness,
autosemantic density, etc. In detail, the autosemantic structure of a given
text is evaluated by means of a graph representation and its properties
(according to a problem from network research). Special emphasis is given
to the part-of-speech differentiation, which plays a significant role in

On the basis of a general theory, which has been developed especially for
linguistic research, problems of the frequency structure of texts with
respect to word occurrence are investigated and discussed in detail.
Methodologically, specific reference is made to synergetic linguistics,
including some exemplary analyses, showing that there are points of contact
with this field. A separate chapter is dedicated to within-sentence word
position; this issue considers grammar as well as language genesis; another
chapter is dedicated to the type-token ratio, discussing all established
methods and their relevance for word frequency analysis.

All methods presented in the book are statistically tested; to this end,
some new tests have been developed. All procedures and calculations are
conducted for 20 languages, ranging from Polynesia, Indonesia, India, and
Europe to a North American Indian language. The broad distribution of the
data and texts from all genres allows generalizations with respect to
language typology.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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