Patterns and Sentences

Patterns and Sentences is a part of the Hjal-project and contains a list of n-grams (especially bigrams and trigrams) that are rare in Icelandic and sentences which contain words where these patterns occur. The sentences were extracted from novels published around the year 2000.

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About Patterns and Sentences

The sentences that participants in the Hjal-project were supposed to read were extracted automatically from a large corpus containing around 100 novels which were acquired from local publishing houses. The sentences were selected according to a list of n-grams made by Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, most of them extracted from Íslensk rímorðabók [Icelandic Rhyming Dictionary]. Care was taken to select sentences including rare patterns, to ensure that these patterns would be amply exemplified in the reading text. The file pattens_sentences contains both 182 rare n-grams and 1433 sentences selected on the basis of these n-grams.

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Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson
professor, Icelandic linguistics
Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies
School of Humanities, University of Iceland
Office: Árnagarði, 415
Work phone: +354-525-4403
Fax: +354-525-4242