Social evolution and language change

  title={Social evolution and language change},
  author={William Croft},
We propose substantive universals in the relationship between social evolution and language change. Social anthropologists have c t gorized societies into roughly four broad types by social organization: bands, tribes, chiefdoms and states. This classification is evolutionary in the sense that the society types arose in human history in the sequence given above. We compare these society types to a broad classification of types of language change: divergence and several types of interference… CONTINUE READING
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