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Re: VMs: split words
On Friday 03 September 2004 08:29, Marke Fincher wrote:
> I've done a little experiment around the idea of split-words,
> or that some of the spaces in the VMs are misdirectional.
> For each unique five letter string that occurs within words
> (there are 8400), I've looked to see if that same sequence
> appears elsewhere but with a space inserted. It turns out
> that in 3000 (36%) a split-sequence does occur. In many
> cases the same 5 char sequence is split in 3 or even 4
> different ways (a few examples are shown at the end).
> This is interesting, and I feel gives more weight to the
> hoax argument than to the natural language argument.
> Take a five char sequence from above 'natur'; You wouldn't
> expect to also find all of 'n atur' 'na tur' 'nat ur' and
> 'natu r' occurring in the same text. I understand there may
> be more opportunity for this to happen in other languages,
> but 3000 out of 8400 still seems high.
> I'd be interested in what the language experts take on this
Als ik die wolken na tuur beleeft zij zo een nat uur in de natuur. The notable
surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
I think it's partly strings that occur split across word boundaries, and
partly spacing variations in the handwriting.
li fi'u vu'u fi'u fi'u du li pa
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