Derivation and meaning: a computer-assisted investigation into etymological and semantic connections in English

dc.contributor.authorKumar, Caiden Mitchell
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-16T15:11:31Z
dc.date.available2022-05-16T15:11:31Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-16
dc.description86 leaves; illustrations.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 49-51).
dc.description.abstractAn important subfield within philology is etymology, the study of words and their origins. This thesis combines philology and etymology with computational techniques to quantify the large-scale relationships between words in the English language. Specifically, using English headwords, definitions, and etymology data from Wiktionary, graphs were constructed of English words and their relationships in etymology and meaning. These graphs were then examined to test for any correlation between etymological and semantic associations in the graphs. No clear correlation was found, meaning relationships in etymology are not a reliable guide to relationships in meaning in the English language.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsAbstract -- Introduction -- Background -- Methods -- Overview -- Preprocessing Definition Data -- Identification of Semantic Links -- Identification of Etymological Links -- Word-to-Word Distance Calculation -- Random Sampling -- Sample Size Determination -- Comparing Word-to-Word Distances -- Testing Removal of Roots and Affixes -- Graph Visualization and Identification of “Dictionary Stop Words” -- Statistical Tests -- Results -- Graph Visualization -- Sample Size Determination -- Mean Distance Calculation -- Statistical Tests -- Conclusions -- Works Cited -- Appendix: Source Code Used For Analysis
dc.identifier.citationKumar, Caiden Mitchell. (2022, May 16). Derivation and meaning: a computer-assisted investigation into etymological and semantic connections in English. Retrieved from:en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digitalrepository.wheatoncollege.edu/handle/11040/32535
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWheaton College. (Norton, Mass.)en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.
dc.subject.lcshEtymology.
dc.subject.lcshLanguage and languages--Etymology.
dc.titleDerivation and meaning: a computer-assisted investigation into etymological and semantic connections in Englishen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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