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The Co-Effect of Menzerath-Altmann Law and Heavy Constituent Shift in Natural Languages

Sylvain Kahane
Xinying Chen
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Abstract

The present paper tries to link the Menzerath-Altmann law (MAL) to the Heavy Constituent Shift (HCS) phenomenon and discuss their co-effect in human natural languages. We deduce a hypothesis based on MAL and HCS and then try to empirically verify it by investigating multiple language data from Surface-Syntactic Universal Dependencies (SUD). Our results show that the hypothesis is valid across the complete set of typologically diverse languages and the co-effect of MAL and HCS appears to be a very regular universal
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hal-04067243 , version 1 (13-04-2023)

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Sylvain Kahane, Marine Courtin, Xinying Chen. The Co-Effect of Menzerath-Altmann Law and Heavy Constituent Shift in Natural Languages. Qualico 2021, IQLA; NINJAL, Nov 2021, Tokyo, Japan. ⟨hal-04067243⟩
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