Evolution of the most common English words and phrases over the centuries

@inproceedings{Perc2012EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the most common English words and phrases over the centuries},
  author={Matja{\vz} Perc},
  booktitle={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2012}
}
By determining the most common English words and phrases since the beginning of the sixteenth century, we obtain a unique large-scale view of the evolution of written text. We find that the most common words and phrases in any given year had a much shorter popularity lifespan in the sixteenth century than they had in the twentieth century. By measuring how their usage propagated across the years, we show that for the past two centuries, the process has been governed by linear preferential… CONTINUE READING

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