A Re-examination of Syntactic Complexity by Investigating the Internal Structure Variations of Adverbial Clauses across Speech and Writing

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages715-721
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Conference

Title32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2018
PlaceHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period1 - 3 December 2018

Abstract

This paper re-examines the debatable issueabout adverbial clause (A,CL) whether it indexes a complex discourse of contemporaryEnglish and how it distributes across Speech(S) and Writing (W) with different subtypes ofstructures by investigating the internal structure variations. A Finite-State-Machine modelis adopted for retrieving the internal structures. Empirical results show that A,CL prevails in W than in S with a higher occurrencerate (W: 31.20% vs. S: 14.80%), which confirms its function of indexing a complex discourse; but the standard token-type-ratio ofits internal structures shows an opposite distribution (W: 12.89% vs. S: 16.66%), whichsuggests a higher structural density/variationof the spoken mode; besides, five subtypesof internal structures are identified with various distributions across S and W: S employsa higher proportion of subordinator-overt subordinating A,CL, while W adopts more infinitive A,CL, including to-infinitives, presentand past participles; coordinated embeddingsand subordinator-covert finite A,CL are commonly found in both modes. Despite of theindividual variance of internal subtypes, statistical test indicates a less noticed fact that theoverall structural variation of A,CL between Sand W is not significant (p-value = 0.5245).

Citation Format(s)

A Re-examination of Syntactic Complexity by Investigating the Internal Structure Variations of Adverbial Clauses across Speech and Writing. / Wan, Mingyu; Fang, Alex Chengyu.

Proceedings of the 32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation. Association for Computational Linguistics, 2018. p. 715-721.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review