Slides from my talk today at the Georgetown University Roundtable on Linguistics.
Category Archives: Frequency
Last week I talked about how high-frequency words and phrases resist analogical change. This entrenchment happens because analogical change is driven by forgetting, and it’s harder to forget something that you’ve said a lot. In this post I want to … Continue reading
I’m pleased that so many people found my last post on forgetting and language change interesting. Ariel Cohen-Goldberg in particular noted this about forgetting: @grvsmth Nice post! This correlates with the fact that many irregulars are high freq (went, have). … Continue reading