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Modelling Zipfian Distributions in Language

By Catriona Tullo and James R Hurford


G.K.Zipf famously discussed a number of patterns in the distributions of linguistic units, such as words and phonemes, in texts. We address several of these here, and attempt to explain their origins in terms of simple principles of language use, including, but going beyond, Zipf’s own ‘Principle of Least Effort’. 1.1 Rank/Frequency and Length/Frequency Correlation

Year: 2010
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