And while I am at it, let me post three more papers that are interesting for anyone interested in uniform information density and, more generally, theories of communicatively efficient language production (though most of you may already know these papers):
- They call it speech information rate, but it’s essentially the same: Pellegrine, F., Coupe, C., and Marsico, E. 2011. A cross-linguistic perspective on speech information rate. Language 87(3), 539-558.
- Maurits, L., Perfors, A., and Navarro, D. 2010. Why are some word orders more common than others. A uniform information density account. NIPS.
- S.T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, and E. Gibson. 2011. Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(9):3526.