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I think English has fewer syllables per word--on average--than most
languages.  In the process of conlanging, how does one know what is a
realistic average ratio of syllables per word--ie, in comparison with
naturally evolved tongues?  Does anyone know the average syllables per word
across a large sample of languages?

If I counted correctly, the above paragraph has 54 words and 90 syllables (I
counted "ie" as 2 words), giving an average of 1.7 syllables per word.
~alypius