Average word length dynamics as indicator of cultural changes in society

@article{Bochkarev2012AverageWL,
  title={Average word length dynamics as indicator of cultural changes in society},
  author={Vladimir V. Bochkarev and Anna V. Shevlyakova and Valery D. Solovyev},
  journal={CoRR},
  year={2012},
  volume={abs/1208.6109}
}
Dynamics of average length of words in Russian and English is analysed in the article. Words belonging to the diachronic text corpus Google Books Ngram and dated back to the last two centuries are studied. It was found out that average word length slightly increased in the 19th century, and then it was growing rapidly most of the 20 century and started decreasing over the period from the end of the 20 to the beginning of the 21 century. Words which contributed mostly to increase or decrease of… CONTINUE READING
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