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Response to Liu, Xu, and Liang (2015) and Ferrer-i-Cancho and Gómez-Rodríguez (2015) on Dependency Length Minimization

@article{Futrell2015ResponseTL,
  title={Response to Liu, Xu, and Liang (2015) and Ferrer-i-Cancho and G{\'o}mez-Rodr{\'i}guez (2015) on Dependency Length Minimization},
  author={Richard Futrell and Kyle Mahowald and Edward Gibson},
  journal={Glottometrics},
  year={2015},
  volume={33},
  pages={39-44}
}
We address recent criticisms (Liu et al., 2015; Ferrer-i-Cancho and Gomez-Rodriguez, 2015) of our work on empirical evidence of dependency length minimization across languages (Futrell et al., 2015). First, we acknowledge error in failing to acknowledge Liu (2008)'s previous work on corpora of 20 languages with similar aims. A correction will appear in PNAS. Nevertheless, we argue that our work provides novel, strong evidence for dependency length minimization as a universal quantitative… 

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