A Re-examination of Syntactic Complexity by Investigating the Inter-Structural 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 publicationThe 32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 32)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Conference

Title32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 32)
LocationHong Kong Polytechnic University
PlaceHong Kong
Period1 - 3 December 2018

Abstract

This paper re-examines the debatable issue of adverbial clauses on whether it indexes a complex discourse and how it distributes across different discourse types, by investigating its inter-structural variations across Speech and Writing. Empirical and statistical results in this paper showed that 1) adverbial clauses occur more frequently in Writing than Speech in terms of token-sentence ratio (Writing: 31.20% vs. Speech: 14.80% ), but the case for structural STTR of adverbial clauses
is opposite (Writing: 12.89% vs. Speech: 16.66% ) which suggested a higher structural density/variation of the spoken mode; 2) five main types of inter-structures of adverbial clauses are identified and they show different distribution between the two modes. Type 3 structure (subordinator overt) accounts for the largest proportion of the five structures for both modes, but it is slightly more frequent in Speech (Writing: 65.3% vs. Speech: 75.9% ) 3) Despite of the variance of inter-structures between the two modes, the Welch independent t-test however showed a non-significant (p-value = 0.5245) structural variation between Speech and Writing.

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

The 32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 32). 2018.

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