re: Readability Question

Subject: re: Readability Question
From: "Sean Hower" <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 07:35:21 -0800

Milan Davidovic asserted:
> Given two texts, one of which is judged (by means
> other than readability formulae) to be more difficult
> than the other, the following statements would have to
> be true:
> - The proportion of longer words is greater in the
> more difficult text than in the easier one.
> - The proportion of longer sentences is greater in the
> more difficult text than in the easier one.

They _HAVE_ to be true? Really? Why? What about the following example?

Tis a dozy patch of greenery, no?
It is a sleepy-looking patch of grass, donât you think?

Which is easier to understand?

Sean Hower - communications specialist

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