Text Levels. Language Constructs, Constituents and the Menzerath-Altmann Law
ISBN 978-3-88476-179-3, ISBN 3-88476-179-X, 162 S., kt., € 20,50 (1995)
(QL - Quantitative Linguistics, Bd. 56)
Luděk Hřebíček (Academy of Sciences, Prague) summarises in this volume his investigations of the structure of natural language texts and the stochastic laws which produce it. A central notion of his approach is the aggregate, a supra-sentence unit which he defines on the basis of an (associative) semantic relation between sentences. Hřebíček studies the multi-level structure of texts with respect to various aspects, such as the Menzerath-Altmann Law, the self-organisation of language (synergetic linguistics), communication theory and fractal theory, dynamics and text as a cognitive phenomenon. He combines them in his theoretical approach as well as in his empirical investigations, which are performed on the basis of Turkish texts. The author concludes his considerations with several promising purposes for further experiments.