2012/12/21 MorphemeAddict <[log in to unmask]>: > The books that prompted this line of thought are in Italian and Vietnamese > (but not in both). Assuming no knowledge of either one, it seems that word > order and adjacency would be big factors, as well as similarities of word > endings (at least for Italian). It seems that the distributional properties > of various parts of speech would be distinct, at least within a language, > maybe for a group of similar languages. E.g., adjectives occur only with > nouns or a copula, adverbs with just about everything except bare nouns, > articles with nouns, tense particles only with verbs, etc. Isn't there word frequency analysis technique, similar to what they do with letters?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequency_analysis For instance, the word "person" might have approximately the same ocurrence frequency in most languages, and maybe the words "house", "child", "most-common-animal", "most-common-plant", etc.