The Advanced Theory of Language as Choice and Chance

  • Gustav Herdan

Part of the Kommunikation und Kybernetik in Einzeldarstellungen book series (COMMUNICATION, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-13
  3. Language as Chance I — Statistical Linguistics

  4. Language as Choice I — Stylostatistics

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      Pages 70-91
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      Pages 91-147
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      Pages 163-175
  5. Language as Chance II — Optimal Systems of Language Structure

    1. Combinatorics on the Phonemic (Alphabetic) Level

      1. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 176-198
      2. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 198-206
    2. Combinatorics on the Lexicon Level

    3. Information Theory

  6. Language as Choice II — Linguistic Duality

  7. Statistics for the Language Seminary

    1. Statistics of the Language in the Mass

      1. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 371-384
      2. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 384-401
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        Pages 410-421
    2. Statistics of Language in the Line

      1. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 422-429
      2. Gustav Herdan
        Pages 430-437
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 438-459

About this book


In trying to give an account of the statistical properties of language, one is faced with the problem of having to find the common thread which would show the many and multifarious forms of language statistic- embodied in scattered papers written by linguists, philosophers, mathe­ maticians, engineers, each using his own professional idiom - as belong­ ing to one great whole: quantitative linguistics. This means that the investigator has to find the system of this branch of science which would enable him to arrange the vast material in an orderly fashion, and present it as an organic whole. Such a system is conceived in this book, as comprising the following disciplines as the four main branches of literary statistics: Statistical Linguistics, Stylostatistics, Optimal Systems of Language Structure, and Linguistic Duality (Parts I-IV). The Introduction is meant to define the position of the book with regard to both, linguistics and statistics.


Kommunikation Sprache Sprachsoziologie Theory of Language science statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Gustav Herdan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1966
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-88390-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-88388-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0340-0034
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