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comment How long does it take to read a sentence with X number of characters?
Sublinear doesn't mean what you think it means. You are right that English text has less entropy/information content than a random sequence of characters, but the information still goes up linearly. Even if for every 10 characters there is only one bit of information, this still makes the information content of an X-character English string be something like 0.1X, which is still a linear function. (Your advice is a good one: "look up information theory". Even in Shannon's original paper he calculates the linear function for various stochastic models of English text.)