How languages evolve: the neurophysiology call view


Call it diversification, distancing, dumbing down or death, language change is an ongoing dynamic process and it’s happening as we speak. More than my weak pun, this study by Bickel et al identifies the grammatical sculpting that occurs due to neurophysiological constraints in processing languages. The findings suggest that language change is not simply brought about by sociohistorical change alone. Instead, our brains could be naturally modifying languages to make them more efficient.