To gain new insights on mechanisms of language change and diversification, the work presented in this thesis investigates theoretical issues in historical linguistics from a novel, transdisciplinary perspective combining psycholinguistics, computational cognitive modelling, and multi-agent simulations. The thesis lays the foundations for a long-term research program which aims to develop a theoretical framework built on the notion of balance, serving as the central reference point in interpreting comparative linguistic patterns. The most significant contribution of the thesis is the identification of a previously undetected cognitive bias in bilingual lexical selection which can lead to unbalanced pattterns stemming from rapid lexical divergence.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||28 Feb 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|