Monday, December 12, 2011

Survival of the Fittest: Linguistic Evolution In Practice

A new study of how compound word formation is influenced by subtle forms of linguistic pressure demonstrates that words which “sound better” to the speakers of a language have a higher chance of being created, suggesting that, like biological organisms, words are subject to selection pressures that play a role in deciding which words become part of a language over time. [With link to original article] more

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