Zipf's law in 50 languages: its structural pattern, linguistic interpretation, and cognitive motivation

5 Jul 2018Shuiyuan YuChunshan XuHaitao Liu

Zipf's law has been found in many human-related fields, including language, where the frequency of a word is persistently found as a power law function of its frequency rank, known as Zipf's law. However, there is much dispute whether it is a universal law or a statistical artifact, and little is known about what mechanisms may have shaped it... (read more)

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