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    • Compression as a universal principle of animal behavior 

      Ferrer Cancho, Ramon; Hernández Fernández, Antonio; Lusseau, David; Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy; Hsu, Minna J.; Semple, Stuart (Wiley, 2013)
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      A key aim in biology and psychology is to identify fundamental principles underpinning the behavior of animals, including humans. Analyses of human language and the behavior of a range of non-human animal species have ...
    • Gelada vocal sequences follow Menzerath's linguistic law 

      Gustison, Morgan; Semple, Stuart; Ferrer Cancho, Ramon; Bergman, Thore (2016-03-04)
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      Identifying universal principles underpinning diverse natural systems is a key goal of the life sciences. A powerful approach in addressing this goal has been to test whether patterns consistent with linguistic laws are ...
    • Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication 

      Heesen, Raphaela; Hobaiter, Catherine; Ferrer Cancho, Ramon; Semple, Stuart (2019-02-13)
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      Studies testing linguistic laws outside language have provided important insights into the organization of biological systems. For example, patterns consistent with Zipf's law of abbreviation (which predicts a negative ...
    • The law of brevity in macaque vocal communication is not an artifact of analysing mean call durations 

      Semple, Stuart; Hsu, Minna J.; Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy; Ferrer Cancho, Ramon (2013-07-04)
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      Words follow the law of brevity, i.e. more frequent words tend to be shorter. From a statistical point of view, this qualitative definition of the law states that word length and word frequency are negatively correlated. ...