Thursday, 22 March 2012

Death rate of English words rises

We're in a mass extinction event just now. Languages are going extinct as well as organic creatures. However, what you may not have known is that English words are going extinct too - according to the following study:

Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Word Death by Alexander M. Petersen, Joel Tenenbaum, Shlomo Havlin & H. Eugene Stanley (2012).

The study analyses Google's book corpus. It contains a number of pretty plots of word birth and death rates.

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