Compare Old and Modern English
How do the word lengths of Old English and Modern English compare?
how it works
This example was live-coded at the Wolfram Research booth at SXSW, March 9, 2014.
Split the original text of Beowulf into words:
Find the lengths of the words:
Do the same with a modern translation of Beowulf:
Compare the word lengths in a histogram. You can see that Modern English has many more short words and Old English more long words: