This volume contains a collection of contributions to the science of language, focusing on the study of word length in particular. Within a synergetic framework, the word turns out to be a central linguistic unit, as is clearly outlined in the Editor's preface. The book's first chapter is an extensive introduction to the history and state of the art of word length studies.
The studies included unify contributions from three important linguistic fields, namely, linguistics and text analysis, mathematics and statistics, and corpus and data base design, which together give a comprehensive approach to the quantitative study of text and language and word length studies.
The broad spectrum of word length studies covered within this volume will be of interest to experts working in the fields of general linguistics, text scholarship and related fields, and, understanding language as one example of complex semiotic systems, the volume should be of interest for scholars from other fields as well.
Peter Grzybek / On The Science of Language In Light of The Language of Science
Peter Grzybek / History and Methodology of Word Length Studies
Simone Andersen and Gabriel Altmann / Information Content of Words in Texts
Gordana Antic, Emmerich Kelih and Peter Grzybek / Zero-syllable Words in Determining Word Length
August Fenk and Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon / Within-Sentence Distribution and Retention of
Content Words and Function Words
Primoz Jakopin / On Text Corpora, Word Lengths, and Word Frequencies in Slovenian
Reinhard Koehler / Text Corpus As an Abstract Data Structure
Victor V. Kromer / About Word Length Distribution
Werner Lehfeldt / The Fall of the Jers in the Light of Menzerath's Law
Anatolij A. Polikarpov / Towards the Foundations of Menzerath's Law
Otto A. Rottmann / Aspects of the Typology of Slavic Languages
Ernst Stadlober and Mario Djuzelic / Multivariate Statistical Methods in Quantitative Text Analyses
Udo Strauss, Peter Grzybek and Gabriel Altmann / Word Length and Word Frequency
Marko Tadic / Developing the Croatian National Corpus and Beyond
Dusko Vitas, Gordana Pavlovic-Lazetic and Cvetana Krstev / About Word Length Counting in Serbian
Andrew Wilson / Word-Length Distribution in Present-Day Lower SorbianNewspaperTexts
Gejza Wimmer and Gabriel Altmann / Towards a Unified Derivation of Some Linguistic Laws
Required reading for computational linguists, this work contains a series of important contributions to the science of language, focusing on the study of word length. The book includes an introduction to the history and state of the art of word length studies. The studies included unify contributions from three crucial fields of study in linguistics: linguistics and text analysis, mathematics and statistics, and corpus and database design. Together they provide a comprehensive approach to the quantitative study of text and language.
Presents a collection of papers on the quantitative study of language, in particular word length studies