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The law of brevity in macaque vocal communication is not an artifact of analysing mean call durations

Autor
Semple, S.; Hsu, M. J.; Agoramoorthy, G.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Tipus d'activitat
Article en revista
Revista
Journal of quantitative linguistics
Data de publicació
2013-07-04
Volum
20
Número
3
Pàgina inicial
209
Pàgina final
217
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/09296174.2013.799917 Obrir en finestra nova
URL
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09296174.2013.799917#.UnDMzlPfn1A Obrir en finestra nova
Resum
Words follow the law of brevity, i.e. more frequent words tend to be shorter. From a statistical point of view, this qualitative definition of the law states that word length and word frequency are negatively correlated. Here the recent finding of patterning consistent with the law of brevity in Formosan macaque vocal communication (Semple, Hsu, & Agoramoorthy, 2010) is revisited. It is shown that the negative correlation between mean duration and frequency of use in the vocalizations of Formosa...
Grup de recerca
GPLN - Grup de Processament del Llenguatge Natural

Participants

  • Semple, Stuart  (autor)
  • Hsu, Minna J.  (autor)
  • Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy  (autor)
  • Ferrer Cancho, Ramon  (autor)