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Linguistic Complexity: English vs. Polish, Text vs. Corpus

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We analyze the rank-frequency distributions of words in selected English and Polish texts. We show that for the lemmatized (basic) word forms the scale-invariant regime breaks after about two decades, while it might be consistent for the whole range of ranks for the inflected word forms. We also find that for a corpus consisting of texts written by different authors the basic scale-invariant regime is broken more strongly than in the case of comparable corpus consisting of texts written by the same author. Similarly, for a corpus consisting of texts translated into Polish from other languages the scale-invariant regime is broken more strongly than for a comparable corpus of native Polish texts. Moreover, we find that if the words are tagged with their proper part of speech, only verbs show rank-frequency distribution that is almost scale-invariant.
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117
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716-720
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2010-04
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  • Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
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  • Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland
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  • Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
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