Unifying models of dialect spread and extinction using surface tension dynamics

@article{Burridge2018UnifyingMO,
  title={Unifying models of dialect spread and extinction using surface tension dynamics},
  author={James Burridge},
  journal={Royal Society Open Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={5}
}
  • James Burridge
  • Published 2018
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Royal Society Open Science
  • We provide a unified mathematical explanation of two classical forms of spatial linguistic spread. The wave model describes the radiation of linguistic change outwards from a central focus. Changes can also jump between population centres in a process known as hierarchical diffusion. It has recently been proposed that the spatial evolution of dialects can be understood using surface tension at linguistic boundaries. Here we show that the inclusion of long-range interactions in the surface… CONTINUE READING

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