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Counting Words To Make Words Count: Statistics Optimize Communication

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February 22, 2001
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Pity students of a second language, often confounded by the weird expressions and arbitrary grammar rules of a new tongue. They find themselves victims of a strange paradox: Even if they master the strange sayings and arbitrary rules, their faultless grammar can keep them from blending linguistically with native speakers because people simply don`t follow all the rules. In fact, researchers are finding, the most effective communicators are those who frequently bend the rules.

Pity students of a second language, often confounded by the weird expressions and arbitrary grammar rules of a new tongue. They find themselves victims of a strange paradox: Even if they master the strange sayings and arbitrary rules, their faultless grammar can keep them from blending linguistically with native speakers because people simply don`t follow all the rules. In fact, researchers are finding, the most effective communicators are those who frequently bend the rules.


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