Theory of Correlation

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


The type of relation between two variables encountered in linguistics is, as a rule, that of statistical correlationship as distinct from functional relationship. The latter occurs between the isolated variables of physics and chemistry. We know, for instance, that within the limits of experimental error the pressure and the volume of a gas under certain standard conditions are uniquely related, that is, to a given value of one variable there corresponds only one value of the other.


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  1. G. Herdan, Language as Choice and Chance. Groningen: P. Noordhoff 1956, pp. 233–251Google Scholar
  2. D. Chrétien, Review Article “A New Statistical Approach to the Study of Language?” in Romance Philology XVI, 290–301 (1963) [15a]Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustav Herdan
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  1. 1.University of BristolUSA

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