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Title:Languages cool as they expand: allometric scaling and the decreasing need for new words
Authors:ID Petersen, Alexander (Author)
ID Tenenbaum, Joel (Author)
ID Havlin, Shlomo (Author)
ID Stanley, Harry Eugene (Author)
ID Perc, Matjaž (Author)
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URL http://www.nature.com/articles/srep00943
Work type:Scientific work
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FNM - Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Abstract:We analyze the occurrence frequencies of over 15 million words recorded in millions of books published during the past two centuries in seven different languages. For all languages and chronological subsets of the data we confirm that two scaling regimes characterize the word frequency distributions, with only the more common words obeying the classic Zipf law. Using corpora of unprecedented size, we test the allometric scaling relation between the corpus size and the vocabulary size of growing languages to demonstrate a decreasing marginal need for new words, a feature that is likely related to the underlying correlations between words. We calculate the annual growth fluctuations of word use which has a decreasing trend as the corpus size increases, indicating a slowdown in linguistic evolution following language expansion. This cooling pattern forms the basis of a third statistical regularity, which unlike the Zipf and the Heaps law, is dynamical in nature.
Keywords:culturomics, society, culture, quantitative linguistics, physics of social systems
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2012
Number of pages:str. 1-10
Numbering:Letn. 2
PID:20.500.12556/DKUM-66402 New window
ISSN on article:2045-2322
COBISS.SI-ID:19550472 New window
DOI:10.1038/srep00943 New window
Publication date in DKUM:23.06.2017
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Title:Scientific reports
Shortened title:Sci. rep.
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:23.06.2017

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Keywords:družba, kultura, kvantitativna lingvistika, fizika socialnih sistemov


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