Complexity Applications in Language and Communication Sciences

  • Àngels Massip-Bonet
  • Gemma Bel-Enguix
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Àngels Massip-Bonet, Gemma Bel-Enguix, Albert Bastardas-Boada
    Pages 1-13
  3. Interdisciplinary Approaches for Human Sciences

  4. Language Change

  5. Sociolinguistics

  6. Discourse Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Raquel García Riverón, Alejandro F. Marrero Montero
      Pages 207-225
  7. Syntax, Semantics and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Peter Lewinski, Michal Lukasik, Konrad Kurdej, Filip Leonarski, Natalia Bielczyk, Franciszek Rakowski et al.
      Pages 289-311
  8. Peter Lewinski, Michal Lukasik, Konrad Kurdej, Filip Leonarski, Natalia Bielczyk, Franciszek Rakowski et al.
    Pages C1-C1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 325-331

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.


Complex adaptive systems and language acquisition Complex approach to prosodic discourse variation Complex system applications in sociolinguistics DP Hypothesis Grammaticalization of the language-ready brain Interdisciplinary paradigms for linguistics Language evolution Language variation and contact Linguistics and complex systems Modelization in the human sciences Multilingual discourse analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Àngels Massip-Bonet
    • 1
  • Gemma Bel-Enguix
    • 2
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, Scripta (FFI2016-80482P), UBICS, CUSCUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Grupo de Ingeniería LingüísticaInstituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Department de Lingüística GeneralUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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