Frans Plank

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This paper presents a new approach to detecting and tracking changes in word meaning by visually modeling and representing diachronic development in word contexts. Previous studies have shown that computational models are capable of clustering and disambiguat-ing senses, a more recent trend investigates whether changes in word meaning can be tracked by(More)
This paper deals with vowel harmony from a cross-linguistic perspective, with the aim of visualizing the distribution of vowels in corpora so that languages with vowel harmony can be distinguished from those lacking it. For this purpose vowel successions within words are statistically analyzed and visualized in a quadratic matrix whose rows and columns are(More)
In this paper, we explore the phenomenon of Similar Place Avoidance (SPA), according to which successive consonants within stems sharing the same place of articulation are avoided. This principle has recently been hypothesized as a universal tendency although evidence from only a few languages scattered across the world has been considered. Using methods(More)
Being AGGLUTINATIVE or FLEXIVE are not properties of entire languages, nor are they simple properties. There is a whole range of simple properties, all logically independent of each other, prominently including those of separation/cumulation and invariance/variance. They are all properties of individual word forms, and again there is no logical necessity(More)
The phonology of a language (like other components of grammar) undergoes change in the course of time. Languages differ as to which phonemic contrasts are made and also which changes their phonological system undergoes. How intimately related these two aspects of a phonological system are remains an open question, though usually some relationship is(More)
Co-occurrence restrictions among affixes are preferably accounted for through GENERAL structural constraints, to do with separations of word-internal domains, with hierarchical rankings of the affixes involved, with processing complexity , or with word-prosodic patterns. Disallowing PARTICULAR designated affixes to combine with one another by(More)
Basic Valence Orientation has been suggested as a typological parameter by Nichols, Peterson, & Barnes (2004). Generalising over the entire lexicon, the idea is that languages can be distinguished as transitivising or detransitivis-ing, depending on whether their verbs are basically intransitive or transitive and the opposite valency values require some(More)
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