The networks of syllables and characters in Chinese
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AbstractWe develop networks using the syllables (both base syllables and tonal syllables) and characters of Chinese. The nodes (vertices) of the networks represent the syllables of the syllable network and the characters of the character network respectively. The links (edges) are established between any two syllables (or two characters) that form part of one or more words. We use two dictionaries to perform the analysis: a Putonghual dictionary and a Cantonese dictionary. All networks here show low distances and high clustering coefficients compared with ER random networks. The degree distributions all follow a power-law; however, the exponents for the base syllable, tonal syllable and Chinese character networks differ considerably. These differences may account for the different cognitive processes used when constructing new Chinese words. The networks are compared to the syllabic networks of Portuguese in terms of the magnitude of the power-law exponent. The Chinese character network is found to be the most similar to the Portuguese syllabic network (gamma approximate to 1.4).
All Author(s) ListPeng G, Minett JW, Wang WSY
Journal nameJournal of Quantitative Linguistics
Volume Number15
Issue Number3
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Pages243 - 255
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesLanguage & Linguistics; Linguistics; LINGUISTICS

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