How do I categorize sentence structures?
September 13, 2011 8:31 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for academic linguistic papers and/or books on classification of sentence structures. (Should I turn on the languagehat signal?)
posted by Mr. Bad Example to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm doing a PhD thesis on authorship attribution and Elizabethan drama, and I'm reaching a point where I need to start extracting and manipulating my data. What I'm trying to do is see if there's a stylistic difference between authors based on the grammatical patterns of the sentences they use. (E.g., "The king rises", determiner-subject noun-intransitive verb.)
The problem I foresee is that since sentences are such flexible modular things, especially in this sort of text, I could wind up with a number of patterns that's way too large for me to do anything statistically meaningful with. Has anyone done any work on categorizing this sort of linguistic data into broad-but-manageable areas for anything close to this type of research?
I'm trawling through the MLA Bibliography and JSTOR as usual, so this isn't (too much of) a "Do my homework for me!", but I thought I'd pick Metafilter's collective brain.
(Also, this isn't a "Did Shakespeare actually write Shakespeare?" thing; those people are nuts.)