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2020

Favaro, Livio; Gamba, Marco; Cresta, Eleonora; Fumagalli, Elena; Bandoli, Francesca; Pilenga, Cristina; Isaja, Valentina; Mathevon, Nicolas; Reby, David

Do penguins' vocal sequences conform to linguistic laws? Journal Article

Biology Letters, 16 (2), pp. 20190589, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Huang, Mingpan; Ma, Haigang; Ma, Changyong; Garber, Paul A; Fan, Pengfei

Male gibbon loud morning calls conform to Zipf's law of brevity and Menzerath's law: insights into the origin of human language Journal Article

Animal Behaviour, 160 , pp. 145 - 155, 2020, ISSN: 0003-3472.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law, Zipf's law of abbreviation

2019

Heesen, Raphaela; Hobaiter, Catherine; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Semple, Stuart

Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication Journal Article

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1896), pp. 20182900, 2019.

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2013

Luo, B; Jiang, T; Liu, Y; Wang, J; Lin, A; Wei, X; Feng, J

Brevity is prevalent in bat short-range communication Journal Article

Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 199 , pp. 325-333, 2013.

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Semple, Stuart; Hsu, Minna J; Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

The Law of Brevity in Macaque Vocal Communication is not an Artefact of Analysing Mean Call Durations Journal Article

Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 20 (3), pp. 209-217, 2013.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Hernández-Fernández, Antoni; Lusseau, David; Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy; Hsu, Minna J; Semple, Stuart

Compression as a Universal Principle of Animal Behavior Journal Article

Cognitive Science, 37 (8), pp. 1565-1578, 2013.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Hernández-Fernández, A

The failure of the law of brevity in two New World primates. Statistical caveats Journal Article

Glottotheory, 4 (1), 2013.

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2011

Bezerra, Bruna M; Souto, Antonio S; Radford, Andrew N; Jones, Gareth

Brevity is not always a virtue in primate communication Journal Article

Biology Letters, 7 (1), pp. 23-25, 2011.

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2010

Semple, Stuart; Hsu, Minna J; Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy

Efficiency of coding in macaque vocal communication Journal Article

Biology Letters, 6 (4), pp. 469-471, 2010.

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2009

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Lusseau, David

Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns Journal Article

Complexity, 14 (5), pp. 23-25, 2009.

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1987

Hailman, J P; Ficken, M S; Ficken, R

Constraints on the structure of combinatorial "chick-a-dee" calls Journal Article

Ethology, 75 , pp. 62-80, 1987.

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1985

Hailman, J P; Ficken, M S; Ficken, R W

The 'chick-a-dee' calls of em Parus em atricapillus: a recombinant system of animal communication compared with written English Journal Article

Semiotica, 56 , pp. 121-224, 1985.

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1978

Ficken, Millicent S; Hailman, Jack P; Ficken, Robert W

A model of repetitive behaviour illustrated by chickadee calling Journal Article

Animal Behaviour, 26 , pp. 630 - 631, 1978, ISSN: 0003-3472.

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