[PLUG-TALK] A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages

Galen Seitz galens at seitzassoc.com
Sat Sep 7 22:55:52 PDT 2019

On 9/4/19 8:04 PM, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Sep 2019 15:21:23 -0700
> Galen Seitz <galens at seitzassoc.com> dijo:
>> Another one for John...
>> "Some languages are spoken more quickly than others, but the rate of
>> information they get across is the same."
>> <https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/people-speak-faster-less-efficient-languages/597391/>
> My first complaint is that there was no link to the journal article
> that The Atlantic referenced, just one mention of François Pellegrino
> as the lead author. Searching on the name I found what is probably the
> article here:
> http://ohll.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/fulltext/pellegrino/Pellegrino_to%20appear_Language.pdf

That paper is from 2011.  I think this is the one that is currently in 
the news.

Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: Comparable information 
rates across the human communicative niche

Galen Seitz
galens at seitzassoc.com

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