What Syntax Can Do For Philosophy. A Treebank-based Network Analysis of the Verb Sum in Thomas Aquinas

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Abstract

Network theory provides a suitable framework to model the structure of languages as complex systems with deep relations between their components. Based on a network automatically built from a Latin dependency treebank that includes works of Thomas Aquinas, this paper applies methods for network analysis to show the key role of the verb sum (to be) in the overall structure of the network. Further, the most frequent lemmas that stand either in the subject or in the nominal predicate relation with the lemma sum in the input data are reported and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-323
Number of pages15
JournalRIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEOSCOLASTICA
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Treebanks

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