A Dynamical Systems Model for Language Change
Author(s)Niyogi, Partha; Berwick, Robert
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Formalizing linguists' intuitions of language change as a dynamical system, we quantify the time course of language change including sudden vs. gradual changes in languages. We apply the computer model to the historical loss of Verb Second from Old French to modern French, showing that otherwise adequate grammatical theories can fail our new evolutionary criterion.
language change, evolutionary processes, dynamical systems, language acquisition