Ars Technica posted an interesting article about the development of language. Language has been studied extensively, but recently a group of researchers constructed and performed a study to test how languages change in different environments. The aim of the study was to test how the language-using population size affects the rate of change. The researchers found that larger populations gain new words faster and smaller populations lose words more quickly. Further work is required to see how widely these results apply. The work could have implications for understanding the diversification of language families. It could even be useful for archaeology itself, as a greater understanding of language evolution can help piece together the history of human cultures.
The More Language Users, the More Words
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