B3: Information Density and Fragments in German

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Project B3 focuses on the predictability of non-sentential utterances (called fragments) like “Was zum Kaffee?” vs. their more fully expanded variants (like e.g. „Möchtest du was zum Kaffee?”), taking into account various factors such as script knowledge, text type, type of construction and surrounding linguistic context. Following the assumption of uniform information density, the main hypothesis pursued is that the use of a fragment is governed by the desire to avoid significant troughs and peaks in information density. In order to determine precisely what a predictive context is, the corpus analysis will investigate the use of fragments according to different text types as well as varying linguistic contexts. In addition, planned psycholinguistic studies include reading time experiments designed to establish whether fragments are processed more rapidly in predictive contexts and are thus relatively easier to process than their fully expanded counterparts.

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2017

Reich, Ingo

On the omission of articles and copulae in German newspaper headlines Journal Article Forthcoming

Linguistic Variation, 17 (2), Forthcoming.

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Lemke, Robin

Sentential or not? - An experimental investigation on the syntax of fragments Inproceedings Forthcoming

Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2016, Tübingen, Forthcoming.

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Lemke, Robin; Horch, Eva; Reich, Ingo

Optimal encoding! - Information Theory constrains article omission in newspaper headlines Inproceedings

Proceedings of EACL 2017, Valencia, 2017.

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Horch, Eva; Reich, Ingo

The Fragment Corpus (FraC) Inproceedings Forthcoming

Proceedings of the 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, Birmingham, UK, Forthcoming.

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2016

Reich, Ingo; Horch, Eva

On 'Article Omission' in German and the 'Uniform Information Density Hypothesis' Inproceedings

Dipper, Stefanie; Neubarth, Friedrich; Zinsmeister, Heike (Ed.): Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS 2016), pp. 125-127, Bochum, 2016.

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Ingo Reich

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Eva Horch

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Tyll Robin Lemke

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Lisa Schäfer

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