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Japanese is one of the least dense languages in the sense of bits-per-syllable, but one of the most dense languages when talking about bits-per-character.

@squirrel_publicist If you compare it with classicial chinese then chinese is definitely more dense in both bits-per-syllable and bits-per-glyph. But I am not sure how does it compare with modern chinese. The modern form has a lot of auxillary words that are unnecessary in the classical form and I don't really know if those are more or less dense than japanese auxillary words / kana endings / inflections. Plus that modern chinese also has a lot of loan words originating from japanese, which also decreased the overall density.

@PeterCxy the distinction between modern and classical chinese is an interesting point. I guess that also is part of the rise of mandarin or beifang dialect as the national language, which I hear is simpler than the other chinese languages?

@squirrel_publicist yes, but generally the whole family of languages are developing towards the direction of simplification. Classicial Chinese (or at least the "Literary Chinese") is a frozen form of Chinese from nearly 2000 years ago and hasn't changed a lot since -- any colloquial form is thousands of times easier than that. I think the main reason Mandarin today being less dense is that it was "colloquialized" around 100 years ago to reflect what people actually say better.

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