Paper: Combining Data and Mathematical Models of Language Change

ACL ID P10-1104
Title Combining Data and Mathematical Models of Language Change
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2010
Authors

English noun/verb (N/V) pairs (contract, cement) have undergone complex patterns of change between 3 stress patterns for several centuries. We describe a longitu- dinal dataset of N/V pair pronunciations, leading to a set of properties to be ac- counted for by any computational model. We analyze the dynamics of 5 dynamical systems models of linguistic populations, each derived from a model of learning by individuals. We compare each model’s dy- namics to a set of properties observed in the N/V data, and reason about how as- sumptions about individual learning affect population-level dynamics.