Paper: Analysis And Synthesis Of The Distribution Of Consonants Over Languages: A Complex Network Approach

ACL ID P06-2017
Title Analysis And Synthesis Of The Distribution Of Consonants Over Languages: A Complex Network Approach
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2006
Authors

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 bi- partite network. An important observation is that the occurrence of consonants fol- lows a two regime power law distribution. We find that the consonant inventory size distribution together with the principle of preferential attachment are the main rea- sons behind the emergence of such a two regime behavior. In order to further sup- port our explanation we present a synthe- sis model for this network based on the general theory of preferential attachment.