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Entropy 2010, 12(5), 1264-1302; doi:10.3390/e12051264

Semantic Networks: Structure and Dynamics

Departament d’Enginyeria Inform`atica i Matem`atiques, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Paїsos Catalans 26 43007, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
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Received: 21 February 2010 / Accepted: 1 May 2010 / Published: 14 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complexity of Human Language and Cognition)
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Abstract

During the last ten years several studies have appeared regarding language complexity. Research on this issue began soon after the burst of a new movement of interest and research in the study of complex networks, i.e., networks whose structure is irregular, complex and dynamically evolving in time. In the first years, network approach to language mostly focused on a very abstract and general overview of language complexity, and few of them studied how this complexity is actually embodied in humans or how it affects cognition. However research has slowly shifted from the language-oriented towards a more cognitive-oriented point of view. This review first offers a brief summary on the methodological and formal foundations of complex networks, then it attempts a general vision of research activity on language from a complex networks perspective, and specially highlights those efforts with cognitive-inspired aim.
Keywords: complex network; language; universality; cognition complex network; language; universality; cognition
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Borge-Holthoefer, J.; Arenas, A. Semantic Networks: Structure and Dynamics. Entropy 2010, 12, 1264-1302.

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