Language change in socially structured populations
Schulz, Ruth, Whittington, Matthew, & Wiles, Janet (2012) Language change in socially structured populations. In Scott-Phillips, Thomas C., Tamariz, Mónica, Cartmill, Erica A., & Hurford, James R. (Eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference (EVOLANG 9), World Scientific, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 312-319.
Language contact is a significant external social factor that impacts on the change in natural languages over time. In some circumstances this corresponds to language competition, in which individuals in a population choose one language over another based on their social interactions. We investigated the dynamics of language change in two initially separate populations of agents that were then mixed with levels of influence determined by the social classes of the two populations, with 16 different combinations tested. As expected, the study found that how the communities interact with each other impacts on the communal language developed. However, it was also found that the acquisition of new words was substantial even with limited interaction between populations and low levels of influence, and that comprehension could be well established across language groups even when production of words from the other language group was low.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Language change, Spatial language|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||23 Dec 2014 23:29|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2015 20:43|
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