so cph ] 2 5 A ug 2 00 8 A computer simulation of language families

  title={so cph ] 2 5 A ug 2 00 8 A computer simulation of language families},
  author={Paulo Murilo Castro de Oliveira and Dietrich Stauffer and S\oren Wichmann and Suzana Moss de Oliveira},
This paper presents Monte Carlo simulations of language populations and the development of language families, showing how a simple model can lead to distributions similar to the ones observed empirically by Wichmann (2005) and others. The model combines features of two models used in earlier work for the simulation of competition among languages: the “Viviane” model for the migration of people and propagation of languages and the “Schulze” model, which uses bit-strings as a way of… CONTINUE READING
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