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Lingua Franca and its grammar footprint: introducing an index for quantifying grammatical diversity in written and spoken language

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John, P and Brooks, BP, Lingua Franca and its grammar footprint: introducing an index for quantifying grammatical diversity in written and spoken language, Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 21, (1) pp. 22-35. ISSN 1744-5035 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/09296174.2013.856130

Abstract

The paper introduces a method to quantify grammar diversity based on part-of-speech tagging (POS) and presents a POS diversity index which can be used for analysing written and spoken communication independently of a textís length. For this purpose, a series of transcripts of the radio programme Lingua Franca, broadcast by the Australian Broadcast Corporation, are assessed. The radio presenterís grammatical footprint is compared with the POS index values of the invited guests, and the hypothesis that a significant difference in the grammar structures used by the different speakers is tested for validity using a standard ANOVA calculation. Significantly different POS diversity is found in a comparison between groups of speakers. The index provides for comparative studies of grammar structures used by individual speakers or authors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:grammar footprint grammatical diversity part-of-speech tagging, communication
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Cognitive Sciences
Research Field:Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water Transport
Objective Field:Passenger Water Transport
Author:John, P (Mr Peter John)
Author:Brooks, BP (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:89147
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Seafaring
Deposited On:2014-02-25
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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