[Lingtyp] A list of 50 basic sentences

Kyla Quinn kyla.arentz at gmail.com
Sun May 9 07:42:05 UTC 2021

Hi Ian,

I have a comment about how you would like to use the sentences.
Damerau-Levinshtein distance is really bad for language because language is
highly multidimensional.  Damerau-Levinshtein is a two dimensional measure.



On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 11:10 PM JOO, Ian [Student] <ian.joo at connect.polyu.hk>

> Dear all,
> I am trying to make a list of 50 basic sentential meanings.
> The goal is to make parallel corpora of different languages based on this
> list of sentences.
> Each sentence on the list serves to check whether a language has a given
> grammatical feature, and if so, in what form the language expresses it.
> When creating each sentence, I tried to limit its vocabulary to basic
> words that are found in most languages, avoiding culture-specific words.
> I would appreciate it if you could have a look at the attached file and
> advise what I should add/remove/modify.
> From Hong Kong,
> Ian
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