On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss
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Original versionTrudgill, P. (2012). On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss. Language Documentation & Conservation, Spec. publ. no 3, 90-95.
The nature of the human language faculty is the same the world over, and has been so ever since humans became human. This paper, however, considers the possibility that, because of the influence which social structure can have on language structure, this common faculty may produce structurally different types of language under different sociolinguistic conditions. Changing sociolinguistic conditions in the modern world are likely to have the consequence that, in time, the only languages remaining in the world will be severely atypical of how languages have been throughout most of human history.
Published version of an article in the journal: Language Documentation & Conservation. Also available from the publisher at: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4521 Open access.