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2014 Reconstruction of Uncertain Historical Evolution of the Polysyllablization of Chinese Lexis
Bing Qiu, Jie Li
J. Appl. Math. 2014(SI11): 1-9 (2014). DOI: 10.1155/2014/123983


Polysyllablization, closely related to phonetics, semantics, and syntactics, is one of the fundamental trends in the development of Chinese lexis. However, with lots of uncertainties in the historical evolution of Chinese language, the quantitative modeling and reconstruction of polysyllablization remain open questions. Based on the Comprehensive Dictionary of Chinese Words, a mapping from the words to their time of occurrence is built. With the inverse mapping on random samples, the newly produced words with different numbers of syllables in different time periods are obtained. Finally the total quadratic variation minimization model is adopted to estimate the trend of polysyllablization. As a novel exploration in the computational linguistics, the results agree with the stage division of historical Chinese and answer some difficult questions related to polysyllablization in a quantitative manner.


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Bing Qiu. Jie Li. "Reconstruction of Uncertain Historical Evolution of the Polysyllablization of Chinese Lexis." J. Appl. Math. 2014 (SI11) 1 - 9, 2014.


Published: 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 1 October 2014

zbMATH: 07131328
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1155/2014/123983

Rights: Copyright © 2014 Hindawi

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