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Explaining Change in Language: A Cybersemiotic Perspective
AbstractOne of the greatest conundrums in semiotics and linguistics is explaining why change occurs in communication systems. The descriptive apparatus of how change occurs has been developed in great detail since at least the nineteenth century, but a viable explanatory framework of why it occurs in the first place still seems to be clouded in vagueness. So far, only the so-called Principle of Least Effort has come forward to provide a suggestive psychobiological framework for understanding change in communication codes such as language. Extensive work in using this model has shown many fascinating things about language structure and how it evolves. However, the many findings need an integrative framework for shedding light on any generalities implicit in them. This paper argues that a new approach to the study of codes, called cybersemiotics, can be used to great advantage for assessing theoretical frameworks and notions such as the Principle of Least Effort. Amalgamating cybernetic and biosemiotic notions, this new science provides analysts with valuable insights on the raison d’être of phenomena such as linguistic change.
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Danesi, M. Explaining Change in Language: A Cybersemiotic Perspective. Entropy 2009, 11, 1055-1072.View more citation formats
Danesi M. Explaining Change in Language: A Cybersemiotic Perspective. Entropy. 2009; 11(4):1055-1072.Chicago/Turabian Style
Danesi, Marcel. 2009. "Explaining Change in Language: A Cybersemiotic Perspective." Entropy 11, no. 4: 1055-1072.