Language Change and Social Networks

  title={Language Change and Social Networks},
  author={Jinyun Ke and Tao Gong and William S-Y Wang},
Social networks play an important role in determining the dynamics and outcome of language change. Early empirical studies only examine small-scale local social networks, and focus on the relationship between the individual speakers’ linguistic behaviors and their characteristics in the network. In contrast, computer models can provide an efficient tool to consider large-scale networks with different structures and discuss the long-term effect of individuals’ learning and interaction on… CONTINUE READING
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