Published April 18, 2023 | Version v1
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Does informativeness trade off with coding length or with system complexity?

  • 1. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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In this talk, I give an overview of the efficiency theory of asymmetric coding in grammar, and I ask to what extent so-called "simplicity/informativeness trade-off" phenomena are better explained by frequency-induced shortness of coding (due to the bisyllabic morph constraint) than by a trade-off between informativenss and cognitive simplicity.

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