Once more into the breach, I decided I would take another shot at the ever-elusive properties of the Voynich Manuscript, this time setting my sights on the line statistics, where in the past curioser and curioser properties of the word length distribution have been observed.
I had made up my mind to examine these effects more closely, and especially answer the question whether the line is a “functional unit” (ie, whether it “plays a role”) in the enciphering of the VM or not.
Here is the resulting paper:
the_voynich_line (ca. 500kB)
It’s about twelve pages. Click “more” or see below, if you want to have the short answer.
Comments and suggestions welcome, as always!
I’m as confused as ever. As always, the results are not as clear-cut as one would wish them to be, but it really seems as if the first word of a line is longer, and the second word shorter than average. A drop of the word length along the line could be mostly discounted, though.
Update: I have repeated tests by Ger Hungerink, and now have achieved the same results as he, which also show the omnious first-word peak. Read more about it here. I will update the paper as soon as I find the time.