Analysis and Synthesis of the Distribution of Consonants over Languages: A Complex Network Approach.

Cross-linguistic similarities are reflected by the speech sound systems of languages all over the world. In this work we try to model such similarities observed in the consonant inventories, through a complex bipartite network. We present a systematic study of some of the appealing features of these inventories with the help of the bipartite network. An important observation is that the occurrence of consonants follows a two regime power law distribution. We find that the consonant inventory size distribution together with the principle of preferential attachment are the main reasons behind the emergence of such a two regime behavior. In order to further support our explanation we present a synthesis

model for this network based on the general theory of preferential attachment.

In  Proceedings of the COLING/ACL 2006 Main Conference Poster Sessions

Publisher  Association for Computational Linguistics
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TypeInproceedings
URLhttp://aclweb.org/anthology-new/P/P06/P06-2017.pdf
Pages128-135
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