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ERIC Number: EJ1099436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Language Networks as Complex Systems
Lee, Max Kueiming; Ou, Sheue-Jen
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2008 n2 Sum 2008
Starting in the late eighties, with a growing discontent with analytical methods in science and the growing power of computers, researchers began to study complex systems such as living organisms, evolution of genes, biological systems, brain neural networks, epidemics, ecology, economy, social networks, etc. In the early nineties, the research gradually spread into the language field. Linguistics began to simulate language networks as complex systems at word, syntactic and semantic levels. This is in contrast to the conventional Chomsky's hierarchy structure and analytical approach. Some researchers even tried to simulate the origin of language, a topic which used to be suspended in European academes a century ago. The numerous researches indicated that language networks are showing some properties of complex systems: scale-free, small world, self-organization and emergence. In this presentation, the author will argue the effects and the implications of choosing language networks as complex systems in language acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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