Redundancy ratio: an invariant property of the consonant inventories of the world's languages

Animesh Mukherjee, Monojit Choudhury, Anupam Basu, and Niloy Ganguly

Abstract

In this paper, we put forward an information theoretic definition of the redundancy that is

observed across the sound inventories of the world’s languages. Through rigorous statistical

analysis, we find that this redundancy is an invariant property of the consonant inventories.

The statistical analysis further unfolds that the vowel inventories do not exhibit any such property, which in turn points to the fact that the organizing principles of the vowel and the consonant inventories are quite different in nature.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
URLhttp://aclweb.org/anthology-new/P/P07/P07-1014.pdf
Pages104-111
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
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