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Conference Paper: Investigating the effects of prestige on the diffusion of linguistic variants

TitleInvestigating the effects of prestige on the diffusion of linguistic variants
Authors
KeywordsLanguage evolution
Price equation
Pólya urns
Population dynamics
Issue Date2011
PublisherCognitive Science Society. The Proceedings' web site is located at http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2011/
Citation
The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2011), Boston, MA., 20-23 July 2011. In Conference Proceedings, 2011, p. 1491-1496 How to Cite?
AbstractLanguage, arguably the cognitive capacity that distinguishes humans, is a dynamic complex adaptive system whose structure and evolution is influenced by a host of factors. This paper takes a population dynamics approach to investigate the diffusion of linguistic variants in populations, focusing on the effect of differential prestige of linguistic variants and of speakers. A novel method that combines computer simulation with mathematical modeling is applied to the specific aim of identifying factors that formally constitute selective pressures on variant diffusion. Of the factors studied, only the intrinsic prestige of variants is found to pose selective pressure, while speakers’ prestige merely modulates variant spread.
DescriptionSession - Structure and evolution of languages
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191129
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DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorTamariz, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorGong, Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorJaeger, Gen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-17T16:17:14Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-17T16:17:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2011), Boston, MA., 20-23 July 2011. In Conference Proceedings, 2011, p. 1491-1496en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-9768318-7-7-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191129-
dc.descriptionSession - Structure and evolution of languages-
dc.description.abstractLanguage, arguably the cognitive capacity that distinguishes humans, is a dynamic complex adaptive system whose structure and evolution is influenced by a host of factors. This paper takes a population dynamics approach to investigate the diffusion of linguistic variants in populations, focusing on the effect of differential prestige of linguistic variants and of speakers. A novel method that combines computer simulation with mathematical modeling is applied to the specific aim of identifying factors that formally constitute selective pressures on variant diffusion. Of the factors studied, only the intrinsic prestige of variants is found to pose selective pressure, while speakers’ prestige merely modulates variant spread.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCognitive Science Society. The Proceedings' web site is located at http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2011/-
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectLanguage evolution-
dc.subjectPrice equation-
dc.subjectPólya urns-
dc.subjectPopulation dynamics-
dc.titleInvestigating the effects of prestige on the diffusion of linguistic variantsen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailTamariz, M: (monica@ling.ed.ac.uken_US
dc.identifier.emailGong, T: tgong@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailJaeger, G: gerhard.jaeger@uni-tuebingen.de-
dc.identifier.authorityGong, T=rp01654en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros222913en_US
dc.identifier.spage1491en_US
dc.identifier.epage1496en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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