Phonaesthemic and Etymological effects on the Distribution of Senses in Statistical Models of Semantics

  • Posted on: 15 November 2013
  • By: Eyal Sagi
TitlePhonaesthemic and Etymological effects on the Distribution of Senses in Statistical Models of Semantics
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBoussidan, A, Sagi, E, Ploux, S
EditorPeirsman, Y, Versley, Y, Van de Cruys, T
Conference NameProceedings of the Cognitive Science Conference 2009 Workshop on Distributional Semantics beyond Concrete Concepts
Pagination35-40
Conference LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Abstract

This paper uses methods based on corpus statistics and synonymy to explore the role language history and sound/form relationships play in conceptual organization through a case study relating the phonaestheme gl- to its prevalent Proto-Indo European root, *ghel. The results of both methods point to a strong link between the phonaestheme and the historical root, suggesting that the lineage of a language plays an important role in the distribution of linguistic meaning. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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