Posts Tagged ‘Linguistics’

Zipf’s Law – what on earth is that?!

In the 1930s, the American psychologist and linguist George Kingsley Zipf developed a model to describe word frequency and probability distribution in texts. This is regarded as the beginning of so-called quantitative linguistics – yes, mathematicians can have fun with words too. Zipf’s law derives from this model and, having not lost its relevance, still provides conversation fodder for linguists today. The so-called Zipf distribution also plays a not altogether read more…