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Where could I find/read about studies about the influence in English of the lack of regulatory bodies of its use and lexicon?

  1. It is easy to google and find long arguments on the topic. I am interested in studies that at least attempt to be systematic or rather scientific (to the extent this is possible in this case).

    1.1. Your personal opinion is not what is being asked unless it comes from an study. In that case it is prefered that you point to where can I find such study.

  2. I expect to find in them comparison with languages like Spanish and French that have their language academies.
  3. I honestly expect to find in them conclusions pointing to benefits, as that is my personal opinion, but I am open to what the studies could say.
  4. I expect the studies to particularly look at the influence in:

    -) the speed of evolution of the language.

    -) the breadth of the English lexicon.

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closed as off-topic by Andrew Leach, JSBձոգչ, tchrist, choster, Kristina Lopez Jun 26 '13 at 17:58

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Erm... What exactly is the question? Most Anglophones treat whatever dictionary they have to hand as an "authority", and fairly obviously all dictionary compilers make a habit of checking their competitors' vocabularies and definitions. So the net effect is probably that in practice it doesn't make much difference that there's not a separate body collating all of it. In the final analysis, it's the speakers who define and evolve any language, not the authorities. –  FumbleFingers Jun 25 '13 at 20:25
@Lynn: I think ELU is more concerned with English as she is spoke. Studies that might show how English differs from other languages because it's not controlled by a single authority would seem to be more relevant to Linguistics.SE –  FumbleFingers Jun 25 '13 at 20:52
For the interested. Posted in Linguistics.SE at linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/3915/… –  ABC Jun 25 '13 at 21:21
Descriptivism is the worst possible form of language government. Apart from all the others. –  Edwin Ashworth Jun 25 '13 at 23:05
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about the Use of English (English "as she is spoke") but about research in linguistics. –  Andrew Leach Jun 26 '13 at 11:39

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