The Language as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) paradigm

Here I critically review work on linguistics and language as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). Beyond the hype, has this approach produced substantial findings?

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Introductory readings on Complex Adaptive Systems and their relation to talk-in-interaction:

Position paper by Clay Beckner, Nick C. Ellis, Richard, Blythe John Holland, Joan Bybee, Jinyun Ke, Morten H. Christiansen, Diane Larsen-Freeman, William Croft and Tom Schoenemann.

Andreas Liesenfeld
Andreas Liesenfeld
Postdoc in language technology

I am a social scientist working in Conversational AI. My work focuses on understanding how humans interact with voice technologies in the real world. I aspire to produce useful insights for anyone who designs, builds, uses or regulates talking machines. Late naturalist under pressure. “You must collect things for reasons you don’t yet understand.” — Daniel J. Boorstin