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ID 14121
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creator
Tamaoka, Katsuo
Altmann, Gabriel
subject
Japanese kanji
kanji lexical productivity
birth-and-death process
symmetry
NDC
Japanese
abstract
Japanese kanji combine with other kanji to produce various two-kanji compound words. First, the present study examined whether the extent of left-hand and right-hand productivity of the Japanese 1,945 basic kanji abides by an 'honest' distribution. The result showed that kanji compound building (or kanji lexical productivity) was depicted by a birth-and-death process leading to the negative binomial and/or the Waring distribution. Second, the study investigated whether these basic kanji display symmetry on the left- and right-side lexical productivity. Analysis of these kanji suggested that although each kanji displayed symmetry in lexical productivity, there is no tendency among the basic kanji to produce their compound words to the same extent on the left or the right side on the whole.
journal title
Glottometrics
volume
Volume 7
start page
68
end page
87
date of issued
2004
language
eng
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
International Student Center