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Title: Nonsemantic word graphs of texts spanning ∼ 4500 years, including pre-literate Amerindian oral narratives
Authors: Mota, Natália Bezerra
Pinheiro, Sylvia
Guerreiro Júnior, Antonio Roberto
Silva, Mauro Copelli Lopes da
Ribeiro, Sidarta Tollendal Gomes
Keywords: Literature;Bronze age;Axial age;Language evolution
Issue Date: 14-Aug-2021
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Citation: MOTA, Natália Bezerra; PINHEIRO, Sylvia; GUERREIRO, Antonio; COPELLI, Mauro; RIBEIRO, Sidarta. Nonsemantic word graphs of texts spanning ∼ 4500 years, including pre-literate Amerindian oral narratives. Data In Brief, [S. l.], v. 38, p. 107296, out. 2021. Disponível em:!. Acesso em: 23 ago. 2021.
Portuguese Abstract: Non-semantic word graphs obtained from oral reports are useful to describe cognitive decline in psychiatric conditions such as Schizophrenia, as well as education-related gains in discourse structure during typical development. Here we provide non-semantic word graph attributes of texts spanning approximately 4500 years of history, and pre-literate Amerindian oral narratives. The dataset assessed comprises 707 literary texts representative of 9 different Afro-Eurasian traditions (Syro-Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hinduist, Persian, Judeo-Christian, Greek-Roman, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary), and Amerindian narratives (N = 39) obtained from a single ethnic group from South America (Kalapalo, N = 18), or from a mixed ethnic group from South, Central and North America (non-Kalapalo, N = 21). The present article provides detailed information about each text or narrative, including measurements of four graph attributes of interest: number of nodes (lexical diversity), repeated edges (short-range recurrence), largest strongly connected component (long-range recurrence), and average shortest path (graph length)
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