In a genome, genes (coding constituents) are interrupted by intergenic regions (noncoding constituents). This study provides a general picture of the large-scale self-organization of coding, noncoding, and total constituent lengths in genomes. Ten model genomes were examined and strong correlations between the number of genomic constituents and the constituent lengths were observed. The analysis was carried out by adopting a linguistic distribution model and a structural analogy between linguistic and genomic constructs. The proposed linguistic-based statistical analysis may provide a fundamental basis for both understanding the linear structural formation of genomic constituents and developing insightful strategies to figure out the function of genic and intergenic regions in genomic sequences. (C) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.