The “handedness” of language: Directional symmetry breaking of sign usage in words

  title={The “handedness” of language: Directional symmetry breaking of sign usage in words},
  author={M. I. Ashraf and S. Sinha},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • M. I. Ashraf, S. Sinha
  • Published 2018
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Language, which allows complex ideas to be communicated through symbolic sequences, is a characteristic feature of our species and manifested in a multitude of forms. Using large written corpora for many different languages and scripts, we show that the occurrence probability distributions of signs at the left and right ends of words have a distinct heterogeneous nature. Characterizing this asymmetry using quantitative inequality measures, viz. information entropy and the Gini index, we show… CONTINUE READING


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