Accession Number:

AD0640617

Title:

THE QUANTIFICATION OF FUNCTIONAL LOAD: A LINGUISTIC PROBLEM,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1966-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

Measures of the linguistic load carried by a contrast are developed for three cases, in which the contrasts are taken to be, respectively, phonemic, allophonic, and componential. The load carried by a contrast is non-negative and zero if the contrasted units are identical, or if neither occurs in any environment in which the other is found. The measure proposed is the change in entropy of the system if the contrasted phonemes are coalesced some problems peculiar to the allophonic case are discussed. If each distinct bundle of components is an allophone, the entropy of a given system is independent of point of view phonemic, allophonic, or componential. Author

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Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE