LINGUIST List 7.980

Thu Jul 4 1996

Qs: Syntactic complexity, Infixing in Eng, CD-ROM dictionaries

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  1. Stuart Luppescu, Q: Computing syntactic complexity
  2. Adrian Clynes, Infixing in English
  3. Guy Modica, CD-ROM dictionaries

Message 1: Q: Computing syntactic complexity

Date: Wed, 03 Jul 1996 19:50:01 CDT
From: Stuart Luppescu <>
Subject: Q: Computing syntactic complexity

I'm involved in a study involving an investigation of what makes some
reading passages harder to understand and others easy. I would like to
compute an index of syntactic complexity, so my question is two-fold:
1) Is there a computer parsing program available that can analyze text
adequately? and 2) What kind of structures that such a program would
identify be indicative of higher or lower complexity? I would guess
that a center embedding such as in the previous sentence would be on
the high end of the complexity scale, but what else? Your help is
Stuart Luppescu | ``The keys to success are honesty and University of
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Message 2: Infixing in English

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 12:38:17 +0800
From: Adrian Clynes <>
Subject: Infixing in English

What can be infixed in English?

In Australian English you hear things like fan-bloody-tastic and
fan-fuckin-tastic, but apart from bloody and fucking (excuse my
English!) probably not much else is used in this way.

I'd be grateful if people could send me examples of other
words/morphemes which can be infixed.

Adrian Clynes


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Message 3: CD-ROM dictionaries

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 17:05:21 +0900
From: Guy Modica <>
Subject: CD-ROM dictionaries

Hello everyone.

I am searching for a list of available CD-ROM dictionaries of English,
and articles, reviews or other material related to these electronic
resources. Any help or references you can provide will be


Guy Modica, Associate Professor
Department of English and American Literature
Seikei University
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