Resolving pattern conflict: Variation and selection in phonology and morphology

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In a feedback-driven model of language change, conflict between patterns at distinct levels of linguistic organization can be understood as a form of multi-level selection. Simulations of conflicts between phonological and morphological patterns show that positive feedback can promote pattern consolidation at one level at the expense of the other. In this way, analogical generalizations over subparts of the lexicon can be shown to be emergent properties of complex linguistic systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalogy in Grammar
Subtitle of host publicationForm and Acquisition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720628
ISBN (Print)9780199547548
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Exemplar modeling
  • Feedback
  • Language change
  • Language evolution
  • Multi-level selection
  • Regularity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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