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Word Class Ratios and Genres in Written Japanese: Revisiting the Modifier Verb Ratio

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Author(s): Bor HODOŠČEK

Journal: Acta Linguistica Asiatica
ISSN 2232-3317

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: BCCWJ | MVR | bagplot | genre | Long Unit Words

ABSTRACT
This paper explores the variability of genres in the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese using the modifier-verb ratio proposed by Kabashima and Jukaku (1965). Using bagplots to quantifying the relation between noun and modifier-verb ratios, as well as some summary statistics obtain from them, we attempt to classify genres according to Kabashima and Jugaku (1965). Our initial analysis confirms previous research results, while at the same time uncovering some contradictions in the ratios of the genre of magazines.
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