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Quantitative Linguistics


The study of quantitative linguistics is studying language through statistics. It is the belief that parts of speech follow rules. It also studies distribution by morph length, rhythmical units, sentence lengths, syllable lengths, and word lengths.  In the book Language Instincts by Steven Pinker, it discusses the human brain as capable of a Ruth Goldberg like language. He says “The modern study began when Chromsky showed that word-chain devices are not just a bit suspicious; they are deeply, and fundamentally, the wrong way to think about how human language works. They are discrete combinatorial systems, but they are the wrong kind.”

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