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Note: the largest public bibliography of references on Zipf’s law for word frequencies is available here. Here we only offer a selection of references on Zipf’s law on animal behavior and organic chemistry.


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2022

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Lusseau, D.; McCowan, B.

Parallels of human language in the behavior of bottlenose dolphins Journal Article

In: Linguistic Frontiers, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 5-11, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law, Menzerath-Altmann law, theory construction, Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Semple, S.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gustison, M.

Linguistic laws in biology Journal Article

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 53-66, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law, Menzerath-Altmann law, Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's law of abbreviation

2021

Valente, Daria; Gregorio, Chiara De; Favaro, Livio; Friard, Olivier; Miaretsoa, Longondraza; Raimondi, Teresa; Ratsimbazafy, Jonah; Torti, Valeria; Zanoli, Anna; Giacoma, Cristina; Gamba, Marco

Linguistic laws of brevity: conformity in Indri indri Journal Article

In: Animal Cognition, 2021, ISSN: 1435-9456.

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

Sun, Fengjie; Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo

Menzerath–Altmann’s law of syntax in RNA accretion history Journal Article

In: Life, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 489, 2021, ISSN: 2075-1729.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo

The compressed vocabulary of microbial life Journal Article

In: Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 12, pp. 1273, 2021, ISSN: 1664-302X.

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

James, Logan S.; Mori, Chihiro; Wada, Kazuhiro; Sakata, Jon T.

Phylogeny and mechanisms of shared hierarchical patterns in birdsong Journal Article

In: Current Biology, vol. 31, no. 13, pp. 2796-2808.e9, 2021, ISSN: 0960-9822.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2020

Watson, Stuart K.; Heesen, Raphaela; Hedwig, Daniela; Robbins, Martha M.; Townsend, Simon W.

An exploration of Menzerath's law in wild mountain gorilla vocal sequences Journal Article

In: Biology Letters, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. 20200380, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Clink, Abdul Hamid Ahmad Dena J.; Klinck, Holger

Brevity is not a universal in animal communication: evidence for compression depends on the unit of analysis in small ape vocalizations Journal Article

In: Royal Society Open Science, pp. 7200151, 2020.

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

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

In: Biology Letters, vol. 16, no. 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

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

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

2019

Demartsev, Vlad; Gordon, Naomi; Barocas, Adi; Bar-Ziv, Einat; Ilany, Tchia; Goll, Yael; Ilany, Amiyaal; Geffen, Eli

The “Law of Brevity” in animal communication: Sex-specific signaling optimization is determined by call amplitude rather than duration Journal Article

In: Evolution Letters, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 623-634, 2019.

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

2017

Fedurek, Pawel; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Semple, Stuart

Trade-offs in the production of animal vocal sequences: insights from the structure of wild chimpanzee pant hoots Journal Article

In: Frontiers in Zoology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 50, 2017, ISSN: 1742-9994.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Gustison, Morgan L.; Bergman, Thore J.

Divergent acoustic properties of gelada and baboon vocalizations and their implications for the evolution of human speech Journal Article

In: Journal of Language Evolution, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 20-36, 2017, ISSN: 2058-4571.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2016

Gustison, Morgan L; Semple, Stuart; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Bergman, Thore J

Gelada vocal sequences follow Menzerathtextquoterights linguistic law Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 113, no. 19, pp. E2750–E2758, 2016, ISSN: 0027-8424.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2015

Shahzad, Khuram; Mittenthal, Jay E; Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo

The organization of domains in proteins obeys Menzerath-Altmann's law of language Journal Article

In: BMC Systems Biology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 44, 2015, ISSN: 1752-0509.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Eroglu, Sertac

Self-organization of genic and intergenic sequence lengths in genomes: Statistical properties and linguistic coherence Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 268-282, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2014

Nikolaou, Christoforos

Menzerath–Altmann law in mammalian exons reflects the dynamics of gene structure evolution Journal Article

In: Computational Biology and Chemistry, vol. 53, pp. 134 - 143, 2014, ISSN: 1476-9271, (Complexity in Genomes).

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Hernández-Fernández, A; Baixeries, J; Ł,; Mačutek, J

When is Menzerath-Altmann law mathematically trivial? A new approach Journal Article

In: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, vol. 13, pp. 633-644, 2014.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2013

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Baixeries, Jaume; Hernández-Fernández, Antoni

Erratum to “Random models of Menzerath–Altmann law in genomes” (BioSystems 107(3) (2012) 167–173) Journal Article

In: Biosystems, vol. 111, no. 3, pp. 216 - 217, 2013, ISSN: 0303-2647.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Baixeries, Jaume; Hernández-Fernández, Antoni; Forns, Núria; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

The Parameters of the Menzerath-Altmann Law in Genomes Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 94-104, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Ferrer-I-Cancho, Ramon; Forns, Núria; Hernández-Fernández, Antoni; Bel-enguix, Gemma; Baixeries, Jaume

The challenges of statistical patterns of language: The case of Menzerath's law in genomes Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 11-17, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2012

Li, Wentian

Menzerath's law at the gene-exon level in the human genome Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 49-53, 2012.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Baixeries, Jaume; Hernández-Fernández, Antoni; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

Random models of Menzerath–Altmann law in genomes Journal Article

In: Biosystems, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 167 - 173, 2012, ISSN: 0303-2647.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2011

Hernández-Fernández, Antoni; Baixeries, Jaume; Forns, Núria; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

Size of the Whole versus Number of Parts in Genomes Journal Article

In: Entropy, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 1465–1480, 2011, ISSN: 1099-4300.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

2010

Solé, Ricard V

Genome size, self-organization and DNA's dark matter Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 20-23, 2010.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Forns, Núria

The self-organization of genomes Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 34-36, 2010.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law

1989

Wilde, J; Schwibbe, H

Organizationsformen von Erbinformation Im Hinblick auf die Menzerathsche Regel Incollection

In: Altmann, G; Schwibbe, M H (Ed.): Das Menzerathsche Gesetz in informationsverarbeitenden Systemen, pp. 92-107, Olms, Hildesheim, 1989.

BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath-Altmann law