Re: Average Sentence Length

Subject: Re: Average Sentence Length
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>, "Thomas Quine" <quinet -at- home -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 15:11:58 -0400

Thom,

You need studies?

Go to the library. Pick up any five books written before 1920. Pick up any five books written after 1960. Select ten sentences at random (no cheating--use a random number table) from each book. Compare the totals for the two groups. Publish a paper. Become famous.

Dick

"Thomas Quine" wrote:

>I read somewhere in passing that the average sentence length in written
>materials has fallen over the years. Does anyone know where I can find
>current statistics or studies to back that up?
>Thanks in advance,
>- Thom





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