The basic reproductive ratio as a link between acquisition and change in phonotactics

  title={The basic reproductive ratio as a link between acquisition and change in phonotactics},
  author={A. Baumann and N. Ritt},
  • A. Baumann, N. Ritt
  • Published 2018
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Language acquisition and change are thought to be causally connected. We demonstrate a method for quantifying the strength of this connection in terms of the 'basic reproductive ratio' of linguistic constituents. It represents a standardized measure of reproductive success, which can be derived both from diachronic and from acquisition data. By analyzing phonotactic English data, we show that the results of both types of derivation correlate, so that phonotactic acquisition indeed predicts… CONTINUE READING

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