Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 54, Issue 16, pp 2781–2785

Statistical properties of Chinese semantic networks

Articles/Theoretical Physics


Almost all language networks in word and syntactic levels are small-world and scale-free. This raises the questions of whether a language network in deeper semantic or cognitive level also has the similar properties. To answer the question, we built up a Chinese semantic network based on a treebank with semantic role (argument structure) annotation and investigated its global statistical properties. The results show that although semantic network is also small-world and scale-free, it is different from syntactic network in hierarchical structure and K-Nearest-Neighbor correlation.


semantic network semantic role complex network Chinese small-world scale-free 


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© Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied LinguisticsCommunication University of ChinaBeijingChina

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