You ask an interesting question! We have some empirical results showing
Zipfian distribution recurrs across a range of natural languages, and
hence could be used as a characteristic feature to look for when seeking
"language" in unknown signals, see
Elliott J, Atwell, E and Whyte B. 2000. Language identification in unknown
signals. in Proceeding of COLING'2000, 18th International Conference on
Computational Linguistics, pages 1021-1026, Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL) and Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San Francisco.
ISBN: 1-55860-717-X (2 volumes).
Elliott J, Atwell, E and Whyte B. 2000. Increasing our ignorance of
language: identifying language structure in an unknown signal. in
Daelemans W (ed) Proceedings of CoNLL-2000: International Conference on
Computational Natural Language Learning, Lisbon, Portugal.
Elliott J and Atwell E. 1999. Language in signals: the detection of
generic species-independent intelligent language features in symbolic and
oral communications. in Proceedings of the 50th International
Astronautical Congress, paper IAA-99-IAA.9.1.08, Amsterdam. International
Astronautical Federation, Paris.
Elliott J and Atwell E. 2000. Is anybody out there?: the detection of
intelligent and generic language-like features. In Journal of the British
Interplanetary Society, volume 53 no.1/2 pages 13-22, British
Interplanetary Society, London. ISSN: 0007-084X.
(see my www homepage for preprints of these papers)
However, we did not try to measure the variation WITHIN the set of natural
languages. If you get any replies to your search, please copy these to us
as we would like to know too!
-- Eric Atwell, Distributed Multimedia Systems MSc Tutor & SOCRATES Tutor School of Computing, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT TEL: (44)113-2335430 FAX: (44)113-2335468 WWW: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/eric EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Mon, 13 Nov 2000, Alexander Gelbukh wrote:
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