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Least effort and the origins of scaling in human language

Autor
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.
Tipus d'activitat
Article en revista
Revista
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Data de publicació
2003-02
Volum
100
Número
3
Pàgina inicial
788
Pàgina final
791
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0335980100 Obrir en finestra nova
URL
http://www.pnas.org/content/100/3/788.abstract Obrir en finestra nova
Resum
The emergence of a complex language is one of the fundamental events of human evolution, and several remarkable features suggest the presence of fundamental principles of organization. These principles seem to be common to all languages. The best known is the so-called Zipf's law, which states that the frequency of a word decays as a (universal) power law of its rank. The possible origins of this law have been controversial, and its meaningfulness is still an open question. In this article, the ...

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