Quantifying the dynamics of topical fluctuations in language

  title={Quantifying the dynamics of topical fluctuations in language},
  author={Andres Karjus and Richard A. Blythe and Simon Kirby and Kenny Smith},
The availability of large diachronic corpora has provided the impetus for a growing body of quantitative research on language evolution and meaning change. The central quantities in this research are token frequencies of linguistic elements in the texts, with changes in frequency taken to reflect the popularity or selective fitness of an element. However, corpus frequencies may change for a wide variety of reasons, including purely random sampling effects, or because corpora are composed of… CONTINUE READING
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