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Effects of part of speech: Primitive or derived from word frequency?

Wang, C; Xu, Y; (2017) Effects of part of speech: Primitive or derived from word frequency? In: Botinis, A, (ed.) ExLing 2017: Proceedings of 8th Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics. (pp. pp. 113-116). Green open access

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Abstract

Part of speech (POS hereafter) is known to affect both duration and F0, such that, nouns are longer and higher in F0 than verbs. In this study we tested the hypothesis that the POS effects are actually a word frequency effect, and that this effect is predictable from information theory. We tested this hypothesis by comparing 44 phonologically matched noun-verb pairs in Mandarin. Results show that there were clear effects of word frequency on duration, but no effects on F0. In contrast, no effects of POS were found on either duration or F0. We conclude that there are no primitive POS effects on duration or F0, but the frequency effect on duration may lead to a weak POS effect given sufficient corpus size.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Effects of part of speech: Primitive or derived from word frequency?
Event: ExLing 2017, 8th Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics, 19-23 June 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Location: Heraklion, Greece
ISBN-13: 9789604661626
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://exlingworkshop.com/images/ExLing-2017/Proce...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: part of speech effect, frequency effect, information theory, duration, F0
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042908
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