Diachronic semantic change in language influences, and is constrained by, how people use and learn language

Ying Li & Cynthia Siew
It has long been understood that mind has been shaped to learn language. Recently there is a growing interest in the inverted claim that one of the major pressures driving language evolution is that language changes to becomes easier for human minds to acquire and process. However, to date, there is limited empirical evidence on how semantic evolution is linked to language acquisition and processing in a naturally occurring language. In the current study, we...
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