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An invisible hand

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Quantitative relationships between how frequently a word is used and how rapidly it changes over time raise intriguing questions about the way individual behaviours determine large-scale linguistic and cultural change.

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Figure 1: The glossogenetic tree of Indo-European language.

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Fitch, W. An invisible hand. Nature 449, 665–667 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/449665a

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