Different Tongue, Same Information: 17-language Study Reveals How We Communicate Information at a Similar Ratetechnologynetworks.com
- 39.15 bits per second -- that is the average rate at which information is transferred across 17 different languages.
- This finding is based on a study of recordings from 170 native adults from Europe and Asia, reading a set of 15 texts around 240,000 syllables long.
- By taking into account the rate of speech -- not just amount of words -- it was shown that our brains limit the amount of information over time that we can process.
- Because of that, informationally-dense languages are spoken slower, and languages that convey less information with more words are spoken faster.
- So while all these languages are significantly different, they all have a similar information rate.