Published September 21, 2023 | Version v1
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Linguistic typology and usage frequency

  • 1. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


This presentation, presented to the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków (Institute for the Polish Language, 50th Anniversary Colloquium) gives an overview of linguistic typology and grammatical universals, introduces the efficiency theory of asymmetric coding and the role of usage frequency, talks about coexpression and coding-length universals of accusative and ergative alignment, and notes how Tadeusz Milewski and Witold Mańczak (two linguists from Kraków) had important early insights in these areas.



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