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    NLP, Corpus Linguistics and Interdisciplinarity
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Typological Profiling of English, Spanish, German and Slovak: A Corpus-Based Approach

Published Online: 30 Dec 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 72 (2021) - Issue 2 (December 2021) - NLP, Corpus Linguistics and Interdisciplinarity
Page range: 342 - 352
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
1338-4287
First Published
05 Mar 2010
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Inspired by earlier work on typological profiling of English by Benedikt Szmrecsányi and Bernd Kortmann ([1], [2], [3]), this paper investigates the typological profiles of English, Spanish, German, and Slovak, applying Szmrecsányi and Kortmann’s methodology of calculating a SYNTHETICITY INDEX and an ANALYTICITY INDEX based on 1,000-word corpus samples. The results show that Szmrecsányi and Kortmann’s methodology is replicable, and confirm claims in the literature about degrees of analyticity and syntheticity of these languages. Instead of a simple analytic-synthetic continuum, Szmrecsányi and Kortmann’s “typological space” [3] is used to visualize results, showing that languages can be both synthetic and analytic to varying degrees.

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