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Title: Dynamic Models of Language Evolution: The Linguistic Perspective
Author(s): Smith, Andrew D M
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Editor(s): Ginsburgh, V
Weber, S
Citation: Smith ADM (2016) Dynamic Models of Language Evolution: The Linguistic Perspective. In: Ginsburgh V & Weber S (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 61-100.
Keywords: language change
language evolution
dynamic models of language change
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Abstract: This chapter gives an overview of language variation and how the dynamics of language are explored through formal models. It briefly outlines the dimensions over which language structures can vary, then looks at some of the very different ways in which language change has been investigated (sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, evolutionary linguistics). It describes how dynamic models of change have been successfully used in all of these fields, and how they have shed light on many aspects of language dynamics, from the properties of language change through phylogenetic analyses of language history to computational and experimental models of cultural evolution.
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language (V Ginsburgh and S Weber, eds) by Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here

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