Faster and slower languages convey information at similar rates

Are some languages spoken faster than others? Are some structurally more complex? And, finally, are some better at transmitting information? These age?old questions might have received a surprising answer in a new article published in the September 4th edition of Science Advances. The study, titled "Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche," conducted by an international and interdisciplinary team involving scientists at the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage/CNRS/Université Lyon 2 and Collegium de Lyon in Lyon, France, The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Ajou University in Suwon, South Korea, and The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, reports the results of an information?theoretical analysis of 17 languages.

Faster and slower languages convey information at similar rates

Are some languages spoken faster than others? Are some structurally more complex? And, finally, are some better at transmitting information? These age?old questions might have received a surprising ...

Thu 5 Sep 19 from Phys.org

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