Neutral evolution and turnover over centuries of English word popularity

@article{Ruck2017NeutralEA,
  title={Neutral evolution and turnover over centuries of English word popularity},
  author={Damian J Ruck and R. Alexander Bentley and Alberto Acerbi and Philip Garnett and Daniel J. Hruschka},
  journal={CoRR},
  year={2017},
  volume={abs/1703.10698}
}
Here we test Neutral models against the evolution of English word frequency and vocabulary at the population scale, as recorded in annual word frequencies from three centuries of English language books. Against these data, we test both static and dynamic predictions of two neutral models, including the relation between corpus size and vocabulary size… CONTINUE READING