Paper Boys

Episode 66

Is there a universal “bit rate” of speech?

Talking faster might not mean saying more.

Certain languages have reputations for speaking faster. But, over the same amount of time do these languages actually convey more information than other slower languages? Would a slower, more complex language convey more information still? Join us this week as James and Charlie dive into new research that seeks to compare the amount of information transmitted by 17 different languages.

Check out the article in Science Advances here and the Atlantic article here.

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