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--Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries
Monday, February 18, 2002
The Entropy of Languages
The story at the end of this entry may surprise you. Some readers might expect the term "entropy of a language" to relate somehow to its decline. In fact, the article describes a computer-generated lineage of languages that closely approximates the Indo-European language family tree. And the method the computer used to develop this lineage, analyzing the "relative entropy of two languages" will most certainly surprise you too!Economist.com | Computers and language