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dc.contributor.author Kazemi, Sara Dawn en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-15T16:48:24Z en
dc.date.available 2014-08-15T16:48:24Z en
dc.date.issued 8/15/14 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/124975 en
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-37). en
dc.description.abstract This study takes an individual-based approach on the role of social space and social network structure on the diffusion of linguistic innovation, a process that facilitates language change and variation. An agent-based model (ABM) that generates random graphs of interconnected collectives was devised to evaluate the effects of individual and collective variables on innovation adoption time. Significant findings include the phenomenon that individuals with relatively low degree ties (first through fourth) to the source of an innovation tend to adopt innovations much more quickly when they have a larger amount of weak ties. This supports a notion of a speaker-innovator who is a fringe member of a collective, characterized by a relatively large number of weak ties. This definition of the speaker-innovator is congruent with the "strength of weak ties" theory, which asserts that it is through weak ties that innovations travel beyond the innovator's local network to external networks. However, the model is not without weakness and several ways in which the model may be improved and extended are provided en
dc.format.extent xi, 37 pages : illustrations en
dc.publisher Arts and Letters en
dc.relation.requires Mode of access: World Wide Web en
dc.relation.requires System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. en
dc.subject.lcc P98.2 en
dc.title Computational Simulation of Linguistic Change: An Agent-Based Model en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.date.updated 2014-08-07T19:21:18Z en
dc.language.rfc3066 English en
dc.contributor.department Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages en
dc.description.degree Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2014 en
dc.description.discipline Linguistics with a concentration in Computational Linguistics en
dc.contributor.committeemember Malouf, Robert en
dc.contributor.committeemember Bigham, Douglas S. en
dc.contributor.committeemember Skupin, Andre en


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