No Coke, Peksi [sic] (was: RE: Typical lexicon size in natlangs)
> Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 18:31:59 -0700Can a blindfolded taste-test be far behind? Long-shot of our hapless taster at the mall...The big reveal...The squeal of delight...
> From: elemtilas@...
> Subject: Re: Typical lexicon size in natlangs
> To: CONLANG@...
> --- On Tue, 5/14/13, George Corley <gacorley@...> wrote:
> > Also, Coke and Pepsi tasting the same? I think your
> > taste buds are off.
> No. They just taste the same.
- On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM, Anthony Miles <mamercus88@...> wrote:
> Even in an impoverished environment humans or something like them will expand vocabulary.Sure. But this thread discusses "typical lexicon size", and Gary
Shannon and H. S. Teoh proposed a "bootstrap lexicon size" as a
meaningful measure. And I'm just pointing out that I don't think it
would be a good metric, because if you use it for many languages, and
the resulting size varies, let's say, between X-10% and X+10% for some
X, that does not offer any insight about the *typical* lexicon size of
the languages so tested. Systems of vastly different complexity can
arise from similarly simple foundations (cellular automata are a clear
example of that).