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  General patterns and language variation: word frequencies across English, German, and Chinese

Tjuka, A. (2020). General patterns and language variation: word frequencies across English, German, and Chinese. In M. Zock, E. Chersoni, A. Lenci, & E. Santus (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on the Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (pp. 23-32). Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics. Retrieved from https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.cogalex-1.3.

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Tjuka, Annika1, Author              
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 Abstract: Cross-linguistic studies of concepts provide valuable insights for the investigation of the mental lexicon. Recent developments of cross-linguistic databases facilitate an exploration of a diverse set of languages on the basis of comparative concepts. These databases make use of a well-established reference catalog, the Concepticon, which is built from concept lists published in linguistics. A recently released feature of the Concepticon includes data on norms, ratings, and relations for words and concepts. The present study used data on word frequencies to test two hypotheses. First, I examined the assumption that related languages (i.e., English and German) share concepts with more similar frequencies than non-related languages (i.e., English and Chinese). Second, the variation of frequencies across both language pairs was explored to answer the question of whether the related languages share fewer concepts with a large difference between the frequency than the non-related languages. The findings indicate that related languages experience less variation in their frequencies. If there is variation, it seems to be due to cultural and structural differences. The implications of this study are far-reaching in that it exemplifies the use of cross-linguistic data for the study of the mental lexicon.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-12
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 10
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 Identifiers: URI: https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.cogalex-1.3
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Title: The Workshop on the Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Place of Event: Barcelona (Online)
Start-/End Date: 2020-12-12 - 2020-12-12

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Title: Proceedings of the Workshop on the Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
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Zock, Michael, Editor
Chersoni, Emmanuele, Editor
Lenci, Alessandro, Editor
Santus, Enrico, Editor
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Publ. Info: Stroudsburg : Association for Computational Linguistics
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 23 - 32 Identifier: URN: https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/volumes/2020.cogalex-1/
ISBN: 978-1-952148-39-2