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James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547548.001.0001

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Resolving pattern conflict: Variation and selection in phonology and morphology

Resolving pattern conflict: Variation and selection in phonology and morphology

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(p.83) 4 Resolving pattern conflict: Variation and selection in phonology and morphology
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Analogy in Grammar
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Andrew Wedel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547548.003.0004

In a feedback-driven model of language change, conflict between patterns at distinct levels of linguistic organization can be understood as a form of multi-level selection. Simulations of conflicts between phonological and morphological patterns show that positive feedback can promote pattern consolidation at one level at the expense of the other. In this way, analogical generalizations over subparts of the lexicon can be shown to be emergent properties of complex linguistic systems.

Keywords:   language change, feedback, multi-level selection, exemplar modeling, regularity, language evolution, agent-based simulation

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