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The Ecology Of Language Development

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The spread of Arabic, its evolution and proliferation were a function of the ecology of this evolutionary process during its initial spread in the fledgling empire around the seventh century. This chapter begins by introducing how concepts "evolution" and "ecology" are used. Both of these terms have been used with extensive vigour by historical linguists, as well as by several sociolinguists and creolists in the European and American traditions. Language evolution in the present work is a term used to convey the collection of long term structural changes a language endures in the process of its use. Language is a degree of abstraction that both exist only in the collective mind of the users of the language on one end, and that does not exist independently of the speaker on the other. An effective simile for these linguistic innovations is visualizing them as pixels replacing others in a certain picture.

Keywords: American traditions; ecology; European traditions; language evolution; linguistic innovations



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