The Study of Linguistics

An overview of the linguistic concepts of “commutation” and “complementary distribution”.

The paper looks at the concept of complement in the analysis of syntactic structure and discusses the process of comparison that is called distributional analysis. The paper shows how the study of linguistics in the English language is not as simple as many other languages; different variances of a word complicate its meaning depending upon the use of the word in a sentence.
“”A grammar is a theory about a language” (Hellwig 1). One way to understand linguistics is by using models in an artificial construct that will resemble the objects in different respects. This model must be related by isomorphism.
“The reason for any analysis is to delineate elementary units and determine what the relationship is between the elements. “In linguistics, segmentation, commutation, and classification are the fundamental operations used to solve this task” (Hellwig 2). An analysis of grammar should represent units, structure, and properties.
“”Any grammar formalism should provide flexible means for the description and classification of linguistic entities” (Hellwig 3). Using an arbitrary number of attributes with each term is equivalent to a dependency tree with labeled nodes. “The nodes in a dependency tree as well as the terms in a list correspond to those linguistic units that are elementary within the syntactic system” (Hellwig 5). These are supported by spaces or punctuation marks that separate them from the written language.”