ERIC Number: EJ628117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Internal and External Forces in Language Change.
Yang, Charles D.
Language Variation and Change, v12 n3 p231-50 2000
Develops a model of language change characterizing the dynamic interaction between internal universal grammar and external linguistic evidence, as mediated by language acquisition. Borrows insights from the study of biological evolution, where internal and external forces interact in similar fashion. Applies the model to explore the loss of the verb-second phenomenon in Old French and old English based on corpus studies of historical texts. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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