Probability and linguistic variation

@article{Sankoff2004ProbabilityAL,
  title={Probability and linguistic variation},
  author={David Sankoff},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={217-238}
}
Many of the most original and well-known applications of probabilistic models and statistics have been made in fields peripheral to linguistics. We may cite Shannon's information theory [42], Zipf's law [47] and other approaches to word frequency distribution [18], the authorship attribution of the Federalist papers by Mosteller and Wallace [29], Osgood's semantic differential [31], and the psycholinguistic analysis of acoustic phonetics in conjunction with the development of multidimensional… CONTINUE READING

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