publication . Article . 2018

Non-linguistic Conditions for Causativization as a Linguistic Attractor

Johanna Nichols; Johanna Nichols; Johanna Nichols;
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  • Published: 23 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Abstract
An attractor, in complex systems theory, is any state that is more easily or more often entered or acquired than departed or lost; attractor states therefore accumulate more members than non-attractors, other things being equal. In the context of language evolution, linguistic attractors include sounds, forms, and grammatical structures that are prone to be selected when sociolinguistics and language contact make it possible for speakers to choose between competing forms. The reasons why an element is an attractor are linguistic (auditory salience, ease of processing, paradigm structure, etc.), but the factors that make selection possible and propagate selected ...
Subjects
free text keywords: attractor, causative, language spread, linguistic frontier conditions, linguistic symbiosis, mixed language, selection, verb, linguistic symbiosis linguistic, frontier conditions, Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Original Research, 515 Psychology, 6121 Languages, PROTO-UTO-AZTECAN, SOCIAL NETWORK, BF1-990, General Psychology, Language contact, Turkish, language.human_language, language, Personal pronoun, Sociolinguistics, Linguistics, Speech community, Suffix
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