The Dynamics of Norm Change in the Cultural Evolution of Language

  title={The Dynamics of Norm Change in the Cultural Evolution of Language},
  author={Roberta Amato and Lucas Lacasa and Albert D{\'i}az-Guilera and Andrea Baronchelli},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={115 33},
What happens when a new social convention replaces an old one? While the possible forces favoring norm change-such as institutions or committed activists-have been identified for a long time, little is known about how a population adopts a new convention, due to the difficulties of finding representative data. Here, we address this issue by looking at changes that occurred to 2,541 orthographic and lexical norms in English and Spanish through the analysis of a large corpora of books published… CONTINUE READING
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