Accession Number : ADA307027

Title :   A Dynamical Systems Model for Language Change.

Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Niyogi, Partha ; Berwick, Robert C.

PDF Url : ADA307027

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : 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.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *LINGUISTICS, DYNAMICS, THEORY, FRENCH LANGUAGE, HISTORY, LOSSES, GRAMMARS.

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE