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What are the limitations on the Flux of Syntactic Dependencies? Evidence from UD Treebanks

Sylvain Kahane
Modyco, Université Paris Nanterre, CNRS, France

Chunxiao Yan
Modyco, Université Paris Nanterre, CNRS, France

Marie-Amélie Botalla
Lattice Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, CNRS, France

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Published in: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling 2017), September 18-20, 2017, Università di Pisa, Italy

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 139:10, p. 73-82

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Published: 2017-09-13

ISBN: 978-91-7685-467-9

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


The aim of this paper is to study some characteristics of dependency flux, that is the set of dependencies linking a word on the left with a word on the right in a given position. Based on an exploration of the whole set of UD treebanks (12M word corpus), we show that what we have called the flux weight, which measures center embeddings, is less than 3 in 99.62 % of the inter-word positions and is bounded by 6, which could be due to shortterm memory limitations.


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