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....for one of the researchers who inspired my work in computational modeling of language change, Charles Yang, has read my draft and thought the work was extremely interesting and sensible, while also providing comments that are actually useful. Hurrah!

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thewronghands
Nov. 4th, 2003 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Brief Summary
How can you tell if this is actually happening or not? (I invite the diatribe of how computational modeling of linguistics is accurate.) Is it just "if you do X, then what really happened happens"? Do you ever get what really happened happening by imposing completely bizarre constraints on it? It's neat that your model re-creates reality when you impose the correct constraints on it, and I can see how that would indeed be supporting evidence for your theory.
jalenstrix
Nov. 4th, 2003 06:51 am (UTC)
Re: Brief Summary
Actually, at the moment, it rather is like, "If you do X, what really happened happens." The good part is that it seems these are the only constraints that work so far, bizarro or otherwise, because you have a bunch of constraints already from what sort of change it was, etc.

But yeah, a downside is that you don't have absolute proof that things work this way - you can only say they describe the phenomena accurately. (Which is how most science starts, ne?)

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