Unbalanced comparative patterns in historical linguistics: Theoretical implications and explanatory mechanisms for their development

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date28 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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