Random Fluctuation/Cultural Transmission and Substratum theories

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Random Fluctuation and Cultural Transmission

  • In this model, language changes owing to its instability
  • Rather than progress or decay, this theory sees the changes in language as responses to the ever-changing context of language use and its users
  • These contextual factors may be understood as more or less random
  • E.g. years of unseasonably warm weather
  • The linguistic changes that follow, though fitting, are random
  • For a while…

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