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Maitani
Culturomics Looks at the Birth and Death of Words - WSJ.com - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Culturomics Looks at the Birth and Death of Words - WSJ.com
via Joel Kotarski http://ff.im/TgMNJ - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Have physicists discovered the evolutionary laws of language in Google's library?" When I read that, I thought I had come across a hoax again, but fortunately, no. This assertion is a huge exaggeration, of course, but the findings reported in the article are quite interesting nontheless. - Maitani
"In the new paper, Alexander Petersen, Joel Tenenbaum and their co-authors looked at the ebb and flow of word usage across various fields. "All these different words are battling it out against synonyms, variant spellings and related words," says Mr. Tenenbaum. "It's an inherently competitive, evolutionary environment."" - Maitani