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Adaptive languages : an information-theoretic account of linguistic diversity / Christian Bentz.

Author/Creator:
Bentz, Christian, author.
Publication:
Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 218 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Series:
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; 1861-4302 316.
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs, 1861-4302 ; volume 316
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Subjects:
Language and languages -- Variation.
Linguistic change.
Word (Linguistics).
Summary:
"Languages transmit information. They are vessels carrying meaning across metres, kilometres, and around the globe. This book harnesses information theory to measure word-level differences in more than 1200 languages. It further models geographic, demographic and social factors to explain the diversity of encoding strategies. The results support the framework of languages as complex adaptive systems which are shaped by the varying needs of their users." -- Page 4 of cover.
Contents:
Introduction
Languages as adaptive systems
Language change and population structure
Lexical diversity across languages of the world
Descriptive factors : language "internal" effects
Explanatory factors : language "external" effects
Grouping factors : language families and areas
Predicting lexical diversity : statistical models
Explaining diversity : multiple factors interacting
Further problems and caveats
Conclusions: Universality and diversity
Appendix A: Advanced entropy estimators
Appendix B: Multiple regression assumptions
Appendix C: Mixed-effects regression assumptions.
Notes:
Revised version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Cambridge, 2015.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-213) and index.
ISBN:
9783110557589
3110557584
9783110560107
9783110557770 (epub)
OCLC:
1023390439
Publisher Number:
9783110557589