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How does social structure affect the formation of linguistic structure?

This study relates to the fields of Language Evolution and Language Change by examining how social structure can affect the structure of languages created in laboratory settings.

The goal of my project is to explore how different aspects of societies (e.g., group size, network structure, identity of the learners, etc.) shape and affect the emergence of linguistic structure in an artificial language game, simulating the process of cultural transmission and communication over time. 

I examine whether different grammatical structures emerge in different communities, and what are the optimal conditions for grammatical structure to emerge in the first place. 

Importantly, I will try to tease apart the different social pressures that may shape the formation and distribution of linguistic properties, relaying on the classic contrast between Esoteric and Exoteric communities.


Last checked 2016-10-19

Limor Raviv

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands