Graduate studies at Western
Mind and Society 7 (1):65-76 (2008)
|Abstract||I discuss the ubiquity of power law distributions in language organisation (and elsewhere), and argue against Miller’s (The mating mind: How sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature, William Heinemann, London, 2000) argument that large vocabulary size is a consequence of sexual selection. Instead I argue that power law distributions are evidence that languages are best modelled as dynamical systems but raise some issues for models of iterated language learning|
|Keywords||Zipf curve Iterated learning model Small world distribution Evolutionary linguistics Diathesis alternation|
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