How do we use language? Shared patterns in the frequency of word use across 17 world languages

@article{Calude2011HowDW,
  title={How do we use language? Shared patterns in the frequency of word use across 17 world languages},
  author={Andreea S. Calude and M. Pagel},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={366},
  pages={1101 - 1107}
}
  • Andreea S. Calude, M. Pagel
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
We present data from 17 languages on the frequency with which a common set of words is used in everyday language. [...] Key Method The languages are drawn from six language families representing 65 per cent of the world's 7000 languages. Our data were collected from linguistic corpora that record frequencies of use for the 200 meanings in the widely used Swadesh fundamental vocabulary.Expand
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