‘Invisible’ words reveal common structure among stories

Washington DC (UPI) Aug 07, 2020
Storytelling requires a narrative arc, but the trajectory of a dramatic arc isn’t always obvious. By tracing the abundance of “invisible” words – pronouns, articles and other short words – researchers were able to identify patterns shared by a diversity of stories, from Shakespeare to Spielberg, according to a study published Friday in Science Advances. “Over the years, these ‘
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