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Dependency Length Minimization: Puzzles and Promises

@article{Liu2016DependencyLM,
  title={Dependency Length Minimization: Puzzles and Promises},
  author={Haitao Liu and Chunshan Xu and Junying Liang},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2016},
  volume={abs/1509.04393}
}
In the recent issue of PNAS, Futrell et al. claims that their study of 37 languages gives the first large scale cross-language evidence for Dependency Length Minimization, which is an overstatement that ignores similar previous researches. In addition,this study seems to pay no attention to factors like the uniformity of genres,which weakens the validity of the argument that DLM is universal. Another problem is that this study sets the baseline random language as projective, which fails to… 

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