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Pustet, R (2004)

Zipf and his heirs

Language Sciences 26(1), pp. 1-25.

ISSN/ISBN: 0388-0001 DOI: 10.1016/S0388-0001(03)00018-4

Abstract: During the first half of this century, George Kingsley Zipf devised a comprehensive model of language mainly on the empirical basis of frequency counts in discourse. Although Zipf is remembered particularly for establishing the general formula “the higher the discourse frequency of a linguistic item, the shorter it will be”, his model is complex enough to merit re-evaluation especially in the light of more recent findings of discourse-based models of language and grammaticalization theory.

@article{, title={Zipf and his heirs}, author={Pustet, Regina}, journal={Language Sciences}, volume={26}, number={1}, pages={1--25}, year={2004}, publisher={Elsevier}, ISSN={0388-0001}, DOI={10.1016/S0388-0001(03)00018-4}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest