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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 Editorâ€™s preface. The bookâ€™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.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Derivation - Index - corpus - language - semiotic - subject - text - word
Preface 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 Contributing Authors Author Index Subject Index