Quantitative Linguistics
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Since the 1960s quantitative linguistics has undergone a great development marked especially by attempts to work systematically with language phenomena on all language levels. Besides traditional areas where significant results were already achieved before the 60s (phonology, graphemics and lexicology), quantitative linguistics has now also penetrated into morphology, syntax, stylistics, history and typology of languages and, more recently, into semantics. This book gives a comprehensive account of the various developments and applications in quantitative linguistics.After an overview of methods used in quantitative linguistics, it discusses the main areas: lexical statistics, grammatical statistics and semantics statistics, with reference to a great number of studies of different languages and language families. Chapter 4 deals with other domains (phonology, graphemics, stylistics, typology, development of languages, wordformation), Chapter 6 deals with various applications, and Chapter 7 discusses the relationship between quantitative linguistics and the computer. The volume is completed by an extensive list of references and indices of names and of subjects.
[Linguistic and Literary Studies in Eastern Europe, 37] 1992. 242 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents

I. Quantitative Linguistics

1. The scope of quantitative linguistics  p. 11

2. The object of quantitative linguistics  p. 13

3. A note about the foundations of quantitative linguistics  p. 15

II. Methods of Research

1. Unit of population  p. 17

1.1. Unit of population in lexical statistics

1.2. Unit of population in grammatical statistics

1.3. Unit of population in semantic statistics

1.4. Unit of population in other domains of quantitative linguistics

1.5. Conclusions

2. Problems of sampling the material  p. 24

2.1. Sampling of material from the qualitative viewpoint

2.2. Sampling of material from the quantitative viewpoint

3. Some statistical and other characteristics common in quantitative linguistics  p. 47

3.1. Frequency, rank, order

3.2. Mean

3.3. Variance and standard deviation

3.4. Frequency distribution

3.5. Coefficients

3.6. Correlation, correlation coefficient

3.7. Concepts of information theory, entropy, redundancy

3.8. Conclusions

III. The Main Areas of Quantitative Linguistics

1. Lexical statistics  p. 67

1.1. The object of lexical statistics

1.2. Problems of methods of investigation

1.3. Selected publications on lexical statistics

1.4. Conclusions

2. Grammatical statistics  p. 100

2.1. The object of grammatical statistics

2.2. Methods of research

2.3. The components of grammatical statistics

3. Semantic statistics  p. 134

3.1. The object of semantic statistics

3.2. Methods of research

3.3. Selected publications on semantic statistics

3.4. Conclusions

IV. Other Domains of Quantitative Linguistics

1. Phonological statistics  p. 145

1.1. The object of phonological statistics

1.2. Methods of research

1.3. Selected publications on phonological statistics

2. Graphemic statistics  p. 155

2.1. The object of graphemic statistics

2.2. Methods of research

2.3. Selected publications on graphemic statistics

2.4. Conclusions

3. Stylistic statistics  p. 160

3.1. The object of stylistic statistics

3.2. Methods of research

3.3. Selected publications on stylistic statistics

3.4. Conclusions

4. Typological statistics  p. 177

4.1. The object of typological statistics

4.2. Methods of research

4.3. Selected publications in typological statistics

4.4. Conclusions

5. Statistics concerning the development of language(s)  p. 181

5.1. The object of quantification

5.2. Research methods

5.3. Selected publications on statistics concerning the development of language(s)

5.4. Conclusions

6. Wordformation statistics  p. 188

V. The Application of the Results of Quantitative Linguistics

1. Linguistic applications  p. 190

2. Applications in education  p. 192

2.1. Teaching the mother tongue

2.2. Foreign language teaching

3. Interdisciplinary applications  p. 197

4. Technical applications  p. 198

5. Conclusions  p. 199

VI. Quantitative Linguistics and Computers  p. 200

VII. Perspectives of Quantitative Linguistics  p. 203

Notes  p. 208


List of abbreviations of the analyzed texts and other language materials  p. 239

List of other abbreviations  p. 241

Name index  p. 243

Subject index  p. 248
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Subjects
Linguistics
Main BIC Subject
CF: Linguistics
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General