Complexity Applications in Language and Communication Sciences

Editors: Massip Bonet, Àngels, Bel-Enguix, Gemma, Bastardas-Boada, Albert (Eds.)

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  • ​The first book to provide contributions to linguistics from the perspective of complex systems
  • Offers insights on modeling in natural language, including applications in language change, language contact, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, semantics and cognition
  • Investigates the use of methodologies from physics, biology and agent systems theory in the field of applied linguistics
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About this book

This book offers insights on the study of natural language as a complex adaptive system. It discusses a new way to tackle the problem of language modeling, and provides clues on how the close relation between natural language and some biological structures can be very fruitful for science. The book examines the theoretical framework and then applies its main principles to various areas of linguistics. It discusses applications in language contact, language change, diachronic linguistics, and the potential enhancement of classical approaches to historical linguistics by means of new methodologies used in physics, biology, and agent systems theory. It shows how studying language evolution and change using computational simulations enables to integrate social structures in the evolution of language, and how this can give rise to a new way to approach sociolinguistics. Finally, it explores applications for discourse analysis, semantics and cognition.

About the authors

Àngels Massip-Bonet is full professor in the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics at the University of Barcelona. She has promoted together with Dr. Bastardas-Boada the creation of a transdisciplinary research group  (Sociocomplexitat) at the University of Barcelona, currently part of the University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS). She has published several books and articles dealing with topics related to linguistic variation, history of language, dialectology and sociolinguistics, in the frame of complexity. She is researcher in Catalan Dialectology (main researcher of the project –promoted together with Dr. Veny- "Diatopia and linguistic change. Scripta and dialectal variation" FFI2016-80482-P of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Scripta).  

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Massip-Bonet, Àngels (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Science as a Social Self-organizing Extended Cognitive System. Coherence and Flexibility of Scientific Explanatory Patterns

    Hristovski, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 17-30

  • The Paradigm of Complexity in Sociology: Epistemological and Methodological Implications

    Malaina, Alvaro

    Pages 31-42

  • How and Why to Model the Complexity of Thought Systems

    Rodríguez Zoya, Leonardo G.

    Pages 43-73

  • Linguistic Variation and Change: Approach from the Perspective of Complex Adaptive Systems

    Massip-Bonet, Àngels

    Pages 77-92

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04598-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04596-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complexity Applications in Language and Communication Sciences
Editors
  • Àngels Massip Bonet
  • Gemma Bel-Enguix
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04598-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04598-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04596-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 331
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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