Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Raciolinguistics

Edited by H. Samy Alim, John R. Rickford, and Arnetha F. Ball

Raciolinguistics "Brings together a critical mass of scholars to form a new field dedicated to theorizing and analyzing language and race together."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Sociolinguistics from the Periphery

By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland

Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."


Academic Paper


Title: A computer simulation of language families
Author: Paulo Murilo Castro De Oliveira
Institution: Universidade Federal Fluminense
Author: Dietrich Stauffer
Institution: Universität zu Köln
Author: Søren K. Wichmann
Email: click here TO access email
Homepage: http://email.eva.mpg.de/~wichmann/
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Author: Suzana Moss De Oliveira
Institution: Universidade Federal Fluminense
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: This paper presents computer simulations of language populations and the development of language families, showing how a simple model can lead to distributions similar to those 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 peoples and the propagation of languages, and the ‘Schulze’ model, which uses bit-strings as a way of characterising structural features of languages.

CUP AT LINGUIST

This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 44, Issue 3.

Return to TOC.

Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page