Language Change

Language change is variation over time in a language's phonetic, morphological, semantic, syntactic, and other features.

Read more about Language Change:  Causes of Language Change, Types of Language Change, Sociolinguistics and Language Change, Quantifying Language Change, Language Shift and Social Status

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Language Change - Language Shift and Social Status
... Languages perceived to be "higher status" stabilise or spread at the expense of other languages perceived by their own speakers to be "lower-status" ... translations, leading to the liturgical languages Welsh and High German thriving today, unlike other Celtic or German variants ... and Renfrew (2011) argue that in some cases there is a correlation of language change with intrusive male Y chromosomes but not with female mtDNA ...
Language Death - Dead Languages and Normal Language Change
... Linguists distinguish between language "death" and the process where a language becomes a "dead language" through normal language change, a linguistic phenomenon analogous to ... This happens when a language in the course of its normal development gradually morphs into something that is then recognized as a separate, different language, leaving the ... Old English may be regarded as a "dead language", with no native speakers, although it has never "died" but instead simply changed and developed into Middle ...
Salishan Languages - Historical Linguistics
... There are twenty-three languages in the Salishan language family ... It’s clear that these languages are related, but it’s difficult to track the development of each because their histories are so interwoven ... the influences of varying dialects and languages on one another ...
Quantitative Comparative Linguistics - Language Change
... Change happens continually to languages, but not usually at a constant rate, with its cumulative effect producing splits into dialects, languages and language families ... It is generally thought that morphology changes slowest and phonology the quickest ... As change happens, less and less evidence of the original language remains ...
Self-organization - Examples - Methodology - In Diachrony and Synchrony
... Several mathematical models of language change rely on self-organizing or dynamical systems ... Abrams and Strogatz (2003) produced a model of language change that focused on "language death" - the process by which a speech community merges into the surrounding speech communities ... (2008) proposed a variant of this model that incorporates spatial dynamics into language contact transactions in order to describe the emergence of creoles ...

Famous quotes containing the words change and/or language:

    The same things change their names at such a rate;
    For instance—passion in a lover’s glorious,
    But in a husband is pronounced uxorious.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    It is impossible to dissociate language from science or science from language, because every natural science always involves three things: the sequence of phenomena on which the science is based; the abstract concepts which call these phenomena to mind; and the words in which the concepts are expressed. To call forth a concept, a word is needed; to portray a phenomenon, a concept is needed. All three mirror one and the same reality.
    Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794)