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Title: Functional shortcuts in language co-occurrence networks
Authors: Goh, Woon Peng
Luke, Kang-Kwong
Cheong, Siew Ann
Keywords: Human Language
Co-occurence Networks
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Goh, W. P., Luke, K.-K., & Cheong, S. A. (2018). Functional shortcuts in language co-occurrence networks. PLOS ONE, 13(9), e0203025-. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0203025
Series/Report no.: PLOS ONE
Abstract: Human language contains regular syntactic structures and grammatical patterns that should be detectable in their co-occurence networks. However, most standard complex network measures can hardly differentiate between co-occurence networks built from an empirical corpus and a body of scrambled text. In this work, we employ a motif extraction procedure to show that empirical networks have much greater motif densities. We demonstrate that motifs function as efficient and effective shortcuts in language networks, potentially explaining why we are able to generate and decipher language expressions so rapidly. Finally we suggest a link between motifs and constructions in Construction Grammar as well as speculate on the mechanisms behind the emergence of constructions in the early stages of language acquisition.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203025
Rights: © 2018 Goh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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