Where is the Head Positioned in Indonesian Language? A Corpus Study of Head Directionality from a Dependency Perspective

Lalitia Ansari, Totok Suhardijanto

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Abstract

The link connecting two constituents in a syntactic dependency relation has been a key measure of interest in the studies of syntax. This include the positioning of a head word in regards to its dependent or the head directionality. The direction of the link connecting both constituents is a familiar topic in syntax through a phrase structure perspective. However, it is yet to be explored using dependency approach, particularly in Indonesian language. This study uses a large-scale corpus of Indonesian language in written and spoken manner. The preliminary findings exhibit that there are particular conditions in which head-initial dependency direction is preferred over head-final relation. The analysis also indicates a preference to position the head before its dependent albeit producing a longer dependency distance. Overall evaluation shows that aside to the minimization of dependency distance, Indonesian speakers might choose a certain position of the head to better facilitate cognitive demands and reduce the process happening in the working memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018
EditorsMinghui Dong, Fariska Z. Ruskanda, Herry Sujaini, Ade Romadhony, Moch. Bijaksana, Elvira Nurfadhilah, Lyla Ruslana Aini, Arif Bijaksana Putra Negara
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages171-177
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728111766
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018 - Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: 15 Nov 201817 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018
CountryIndonesia
CityBandung
Period15/11/1817/11/18

Keywords

  • dependency
  • dependency direction
  • head directionality
  • Indonesian
  • syntax

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    Ansari, L., & Suhardijanto, T. (2019). Where is the Head Positioned in Indonesian Language? A Corpus Study of Head Directionality from a Dependency Perspective. In M. Dong, F. Z. Ruskanda, H. Sujaini, A. Romadhony, M. Bijaksana, E. Nurfadhilah, L. R. Aini, & A. B. P. Negara (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018 (pp. 171-177). [8629214] (Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IALP.2018.8629214