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Last update: 16 July, 2022.
Launched: 27 December, 2011.

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

2014

Hobaiter, Catherine; Byrne, Richard W

The Meanings of Chimpanzee Gestures Journal Article

In: Current Biology, vol. 24, no. 14, pp. 1596-1600, 2014, ISSN: 0960-9822.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law

2009

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; McCowan, Brenda

A Law of Word Meaning in Dolphin Whistle Types Journal Article

In: Entropy, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 688–701, 2009, ISSN: 1099-4300.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law