Volume 82, Number 2, April 2008
Article Number 20004
Number of page(s) 6
Section General
Published online 28 March 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 20004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/20004

The physics of randomness and regularities for languages in terms of random matrices

C. Tuncay

Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University - 06531 Ankara, Turkey

received 24 October 2007; accepted in final form 29 February 2008; published April 2008
published online 28 March 2008

The physics of randomness and regularities for languages (mother tongues) and their lifetimes and family trees and for the second languages (bilinguals) are studied in terms of two processes: random multiplicative noise and fragmentation. We start with various random initial worlds and come out with regularities which are all similar to the present empirical data for the above-mentioned terms.

02.50.-r - Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics.
02.70.Uu - Applications of Monte Carlo methods.

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