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Abstract: We investigate inflection structure of a synthetic language using Latin as anexample. We construct a bipartite graph in which one group of verticescorrespond to dictionary headwords and the other group to inflected formsencountered in a given text. Each inflected form is connected to itscorresponding headword, which in some cases in non-unique. The resulting sparsegraph decomposes into a large number of connected components, to be called wordgroups. We then show how the concept of the word group can be used to constructcoverage curves of selected Latin texts. We also investigate a version of theinflection graph in which all theoretically possible inflected forms areincluded. Distribution of sizes of connected components of this graphsresembles cluster distribution in a lattice percolation near the criticalpoint.



Author: Henryk Fukś

Source: https://arxiv.org/







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