The emergence of linguistic form in time

  title={The emergence of linguistic form in time},
  author={Brian MacWhinney},
  journal={Connection Science},
  pages={191 - 211}
  • B. MacWhinney
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Connection Science
Linguistic forms are shaped by forces operating on vastly different time scales. Some of these forces operate directly at the moment of speaking, whereas others accumulate over time in personal and social memory. Our challenge is to understand how forces with very different time scales mesh together in the current moment to determine the emergence of linguistic form. 
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