We study rank-frequency relations for phonemes in several English

texts written by different authors. It is shown that they can be described via assuming that phonemes were generated via random probabilities

governed by the Dirichlet density, the simplest density for random

probabilities. This description allows us to demonstrate that the

the rank-frequency relations for phonemes of a text do depend on the

author of this text. The result is confirmed via several alternative

measures of distance. This feature of phonemes does contrast the

rank-frequency relations for words, which is both author and text

independent and is governed by the Zipf’s law.

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Tags: quantitative linguistics, rank-frequency relations, Zipf's law

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