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  • Dominant words rise to the top by positive frequency-dependent selection.

    Pagel, Mark; Beaumont, Mark; Meade, Andrew; Verkerk, Annemarie; Calude, Andreea S. (2019)
    A puzzle of language is how speakers come to use the same words for particular meanings, given that there are often many competing alternatives (e.g., "sofa," "couch," "settee"), and there is seldom a necessary connection ...
  • Inferentials in spoken English

    Calude, Andreea S.; Delahunty, Gerald P. (2011)
    Although there is a growing body of research on inferential sentences (Declerck 1992, Delahunty 1990, 1995, 2001, Koops 2007, Pusch 2006), most of this research has been on their forms and functions in written discourse. ...
  • Modelling loanword success a sociolinguistic quantitative study of Māori loanwords in New Zealand English

    Calude, Andreea S.; Miller, Steven D.; Pagel, Mark (Mouton de Gruyter, 2017)
    Loanword use has dominated the literature on language contact and its salient nature continues to draw interest from linguists and non-linguists. Traditionally, loanwords were investigated by means of raw frequencies, which ...
  • Reply to Mahowald and Gibson and to Heggarty: No problems with short words, and no evidence provided

    Pagel, Mark; Atkinson, Quentin D.; Calude, Andreea S.; Meade, Andrew (2013)
    Mahowald and Gibson (1) suggest that the shorter word length of frequently used words, and not their stability, could mean that chance sound correspondences account for the pattern of results we report for cognate relationships ...
  • Ultraconserved words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia

    Pagel, Mark; Atkinson, Quentin D.; Calude, Andreea S.; Meade, Andrew (2013)
    The search for ever deeper relationships among the World’s languages is bedeviled by the fact that most words evolve too rapidly to preserve evidence of their ancestry beyond 5,000 to 9,000 y. On the other hand, quantitative ...

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