The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language

  title={The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language},
  author={R. Amato and L. Lacasa and A. D{\'i}az-Guilera and A. Baronchelli},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={8260 - 8265}
  • R. Amato, L. Lacasa, +1 author A. Baronchelli
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology, Physics, Computer Science, Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Significance Social conventions, such as shaking hands or dressing formally, allow us to coordinate smoothly and, once established, appear to be natural. But what happens when a new convention replaces an old one? This question has remained largely unanswered so far, due to the lack of suitable data. Here, we investigate the process of norm change by looking at 2,541 linguistic norm shifts occurring over the last two centuries in English and Spanish. We identify different patterns of norm… CONTINUE READING

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