Languages in the World Have Similar Information Rate

Languages in the World Have Similar Information Rate

We know that all the languages in the world are different from each other. They have different speech rate or how fast a person speaks.

In fact, English speakers talk faster than the Japanese with an average rate of 11 syllables to one.

languages of different nationalities

However, when it comes to the efficiency of languages or the information conveyed in a period, they are all the same.

Moreover, the linguists writing in the journal of Science Advances said that we all transfer information rate of 39.15 bits/second regardless of language.

According to a study at the University of Lyon, the information density of 17 languages from Europe and Asia has an average rate of speech of 10 speakers from each language and have read 15 texts in their native tongue.

The conclusion of the researchers with the results is that the information rate remains constant despite the differences.

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They also concluded that there is an optimal range when it comes to the rate on which information is conveyed.

However, the researchers said that their study is only limited to the 17 languages they’ve tested. It’s just a tiny fraction of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world. That’s why they hope to study it further in the future.


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