Accession Number : AD0638924

Title :   SOME COMBINATORIAL PROPERTIES OF RUSSIAN NOUNS.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Harper,Kenneth E.

Report Date : SEP 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : An automatic retrieval program was applied to a parsed Russian text to determine the 'valence' of nouns in the text, i.e., the tendency of nouns to occur as the syntactic governor of a noun in the genitive case. Among nouns that occurred fifty times or more, a small proportion are characterized by either very low or very high valence; the valence of most nouns is intermediate, for a number of reasons not well understood. The valence of nouns in the latter group was very high for their first occurrence in a separate article. Considerable variation in valence was observed for nouns of the same semantic or derivational classes, but sample studies suggest that these differences are well correlated with certain other morphological or syntactic features. Our preliminary results suggest that (1) for some nouns, valence may be attributed to certain inherent semantic properties, and (2) for other nouns, valence may be highly correlated with other 'contextual' features, both snytactic and lexical. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RUSSIAN LANGUAGE, SYNTAX)

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE