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  • Dec 09, 2011
  • 09:38 AM

Survival of the fittest: Linguistic evolution in practice

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A new study of how compound word formation is influenced by subtle forms of linguistic pressure demonstrates that words which "sound better" to the speakers of a language have a higher chance of being created, suggesting that, like biological organisms, words are subject to selection pressures that play a role in deciding which words become part of a language over time.

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