We analyze the dynamic properties of 107 words recorded in English, Spanish and Hebrew over the period 1800–2008 in order to gain insight into the coevolution of language and culture. We report language independent patterns useful as benchmarks for theoretical models of language evolution.
Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Word Death
Alexander M. Petersen, Joel Tenenbaum, Shlomo Havlin & H. Eugene Stanley
Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 313 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00313