Word-length entropies and correlations of natural language written texts
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|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Quantitative Linguistics|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Apr 2015|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
We study the frequency distributions and correlations of the word lengths of 10 European languages. Our findings indicate that (a) the word-length distribution of short words quantified by the mean value and the entropy distinguishes the Uralic (Finnish) corpus from the others, (b) the tails at long words, manifested in the high-order moments of the distributions, differentiate the Germanic languages (except for English) from the Romanic languages and Greek and (c) the correlations between nearby word lengths measured by the comparison of the real entropies with those of the shuffled texts are found to be smaller in the case of Germanic and Finnish languages.