English, Article edition: SELF-SIMILARITY IN THE TAXONOMIC CLASSIFICATION OF HUMAN LANGUAGES DAMIAN H. ZANETTE

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  • SELF-SIMILARITY IN THE TAXONOMIC CLASSIFICATION OF HUMAN LANGUAGES
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  • DAMIAN H. ZANETTE
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  • Statistical properties of the taxonomic classification of human languages are studied. It is shown that, at the highest levels of the taxonomic hierarchy, the frequency of taxon members as a function of the number of languages belonging to each member decays as a power law. This feature reveals that a self-similar structure underlies the taxonomy of languages, exactly as observed in the taxonomic classification of biological species. Such an analogy is a clue to the evolutionary foundation of language classification based on long-range comparison.
  • Language classification, taxonomic trees, power-law distributions, fractals
  • RePEc:wsi:acsxxx:v:04:y:2001:i:02:p:281-286
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  • English
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