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The challenges of statistical patterns of language: The case of Menzerath's law in genomes

Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho, Núria Forns, Antoni Hernández-Fernández, Gemma Bel-enguix, Jaume Baixeries
2012 Complexity  
Menzerath's law manifests in language, music and genomes as a tendency of the mean size of the parts to decrease as the number of parts increases in many situations.  ...  It has been argued that the instantiation of this law in genomes is not indicative of any parallel between language and genomes because (a) the law is inevitable and (b) non-coding DNA dominates genomes  ...  This work was supported by the grant Iniciació i reincorporació a la recerca from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the grant BASMATI (TIN2011-27479-C04-03) from the Spanish Ministry of Science  ... 
doi:10.1002/cplx.21429 fatcat:mgc5u4sea5eabkq52ktlyk3uge

Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication

Raphaela Heesen, Catherine Hobaiter, Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho, Stuart Semple
2019 Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
We found a negative correlation between number and mean duration of gestures in sequences, in line with Menzerath's law.  ...  Both laws have been linked to compression-the information theoretic principle of minimizing code length. Here, we present the first test of these laws in animal gestural communication.  ...  Ferrer-i-Cancho R, Forns N, Hernández-Fernández A, Bel-Enguix G, Baixeries J. 2013 The challenges of statistical patterns of language: The case of Menzerath's law in genomes.  ... 
doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.2900 pmid:30963931 pmcid:PMC6408607 fatcat:ycwy5wbwmveiblo4lokeyc3diy

Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication

Raphaela Heesen, Catherine Hobaiter, Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho, Stuart Semple
2018 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang12)   unpublished
We found a negative correlation between number and mean duration of gestures in sequences, in line with Menzerath's law.  ...  Both laws have been linked to compression -the information theoretic principle of minimising code length. Here, we present the first test of these laws in animal gestural communication.  ...  Ferrer-i-Cancho R, Forns N, Hernández-Fernández A, Bel-Enguix G, Baixeries J. 2013 The challenges of statistical patterns of language: The case of Menzerath's law in genomes.  ... 
doi:10.12775/3991-1.039 fatcat:ax3p4bjs4zhspnw5sjsmc3zoaa

The Infochemical Core

Antoni Hernández-Fernández, Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho
2016 Journal of Quantitative Linguistics  
This suggests that the world wide repertoire of infochemicals contains a chemical nucleus shared by many species and reminiscent of the core vocabularies found for human language in dictionaries or large  ...  The quality of the fit of different functions to the dependency between degree and rank is evaluated with a penalty for the number of parameters of the function.  ...  A non-trivial version of Menzerath's law, i.e. the tendency of the size of the parts of a linguistic construct to decrease as its number of parts increases (Menzerath, 1954; Altmann, 1980) , is found  ... 
doi:10.1080/09296174.2016.1142323 fatcat:vjjtseu2frdgjpmfpna2iuyvmq

The placement of the head that maximizes predictability. An information theoretic approach [article]

Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho
2017 arXiv   pre-print
These two principles are in conflict: to maximize the predictability of the head, the head should appear last, which maximizes the costs with respect to dependency length minimization.  ...  The minimization of the length of syntactic dependencies is a well-established principle of word order and the basis of a mathematical theory of word order.  ...  Acknowledgements The present article is an evolved version of some of the arguments of the unpublished manuscript "Optimal placement of heads: a conflict between predictability and memory".  ... 
arXiv:1705.09932v3 fatcat:ffr6ry4l2rbnjasyv7wovcexge

Excess entropy in natural language: Present state and perspectives

Łukasz Dębowski
2011 Chaos  
Moreover, the power-law growth of information holds if texts describe a complicated infinite (algorithmically) random object in a highly repetitive way, according to an analogous power-law distribution  ...  We review recent progress in understanding the meaning of mutual information in natural language. Let us define words in a text as strings that occur sufficiently often.  ...  My explanation of Herdan's law targets two modeling challenges: 1. Words can be delimited in the text even when the spaces are absent. 2.  ... 
doi:10.1063/1.3630929 pmid:21974668 fatcat:2oulimo2onbgvd6vgqlt4rfgb4

Excess entropy in natural language: present state and perspectives [article]

Łukasz Dęowski
2011 arXiv   pre-print
Moreover, the power-law growth of information holds if texts describe a complicated infinite (algorithmically) random object in a highly repetitive way, according to an analogous power-law distribution  ...  We review recent progress in understanding the meaning of mutual information in natural language. Let us define words in a text as strings that occur sufficiently often.  ...  My explanation of Herdan's law targets two modeling challenges: 1. Words can be delimited in the text even when the spaces are absent. 2.  ... 
arXiv:1105.1306v2 fatcat:iw2myboytjf3zhocd2plly4x5u

Insights into failed lexical retrieval from network science

Michael S. Vitevitch, Kit Ying Chan, Rutherford Goldstein
2014 Cognitive Psychology  
The results of the various analyses support the hypothesis that the structure of words in the mental lexicon influences lexical processing.  ...  Given the role that assortative mixing by degree plays in network resilience, we examined instances of real and simulated lexical retrieval failures in computer simulations, analysis of a slips-of-the-ear  ...  Acknowledgments This research was supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Kansas through the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2013.10.002 pmid:24269488 pmcid:PMC3891304 fatcat:ufoea7eecbduhg6v5vpe4vvdqm

7th European Federation for Primatology Meeting. 30e Colloque de la Société Francophone de Primatologie Strasbourg, France, August 21-25, 2017: Abstracts

Hélène Meunier
2017 Folia primatologica  
social skills enabling them to cope with challenges posed by conspecifics.  ...  Each TAG produces a Regional Collection Plan in order to prioritize the needs and intensity of management of the captive population with regard to their status in the wild.  ...  Variation in Strength of Juvenile-Mother Bonds and Oxytocin in Wild Juvenile Chimpanzees In mammals, oxytocin (OT) is important for the onset and maintenance of maternal care and the mother-offspring bond  ... 
doi:10.1159/000479094 pmid:28768253 fatcat:w7xsevxdizc5jjrxaj2jafzox4

6th European Federation for Primatology Meeting, XXII Italian Association of Primatology Congress Rome, Italy, August 25-28, 2015: Abstracts

2015 Folia primatologica  
The main goal of this project is to point out preferences and strategies adopted by the studied group (N individuals = 31) in the use of this rare habitat, in order to contribute to the understanding of  ...  Results are discussed in the framework of human social aging theories. The study complied with the European Directive 2010/63/EU.  ...  Behavioural, Biological, and Epigenetic Consequences of Early Social Experience in Rhesus Monkeys Stephen J.  ... 
doi:10.1159/000435825 pmid:26338136 fatcat:gb5rdinlnrf4hgdgaxh2ntfynq

The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference (Evolang13)

S.N.
2020
EvoLang XIII in Brussels marks a number of firsts (we think) in the history of the conference.  ...  Once again, the EvoLang XIII scientific committee shows a strong involvement of early career researchers in the evolution of language community.  ...  The study came about in the context of the multidisciplinary research project Communicative Alignment in Brain & Behavior (CABB) within the Language in Interaction consortium.  ... 
doi:10.5167/uzh-187192 fatcat:gxt23yiekvabxl4tp273zr3xma