Building social cognitive models of language change

Daniel Hruschka, Morten H. Christiansen, Richard A. Blythe, William Croft, Paul Heggarty, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Janet B. Pierrehumbert, Shana Poplack

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Abstract

Studies of language change have begun to contribute to answering several pressing questions in cognitive sciences, including the origins of human language capacity, the social construction of cognition and the mechanisms underlying culture change in general. Here, we describe recent advances within a new emerging framework for the study of language change, one that models such change as an evolutionary process among competing linguistic variants. We argue that a crucial and unifying element of this framework is the use of probabilistic, data-driven models both to infer change and to compare competing claims about social and cognitive influences on language change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-469
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume13
Issue number11
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StatePublished - Nov 2009

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Hruschka, D., Christiansen, M. H., Blythe, R. A., Croft, W., Heggarty, P., Mufwene, S. S., ... Poplack, S. (2009). Building social cognitive models of language change. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(11), 464-469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2009.08.008

Building social cognitive models of language change. / Hruschka, Daniel; Christiansen, Morten H.; Blythe, Richard A.; Croft, William; Heggarty, Paul; Mufwene, Salikoko S.; Pierrehumbert, Janet B.; Poplack, Shana.

In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 11, 11.2009, p. 464-469.

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Hruschka, D, Christiansen, MH, Blythe, RA, Croft, W, Heggarty, P, Mufwene, SS, Pierrehumbert, JB & Poplack, S 2009, 'Building social cognitive models of language change', Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. 464-469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2009.08.008
Hruschka D, Christiansen MH, Blythe RA, Croft W, Heggarty P, Mufwene SS et al. Building social cognitive models of language change. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 2009 Nov;13(11):464-469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2009.08.008
Hruschka, Daniel ; Christiansen, Morten H. ; Blythe, Richard A. ; Croft, William ; Heggarty, Paul ; Mufwene, Salikoko S. ; Pierrehumbert, Janet B. ; Poplack, Shana. / Building social cognitive models of language change. In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 11. pp. 464-469.
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