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The first theoretical work in the field of linguistics to explore the relationship between language, complexity theory, and chaos. The ground-breaking investigations into the idiolect and Hermann Paul's concept of Language Custom opened new avenues within sociolinguistics that previously paid little attention to the role of individual speakers in co-creating intelligible Language Customs, or sociolects, when speakers sharing little or no overlapping or translatable language. This 'far from equilibrium' scenario lends itself quite well to the metaphors of chaos theory while raising interesting questions for dialectologists and sociolinguists concerned with issues of translation, language accommodation, and feedback loops in the haphazard emergence of the foundations of meaningful discourse from the chaos of misunderstanding. Drawing on influences from complexity and chaos theory, Heideggarian views on our relationship with language and a wide-ranging mix of linguistic philosophy, the theory is tested against multi-lingual data gathered in northern Morocco in 2001-2002. A must-read for linguists interested in the idiolect or chaos and complexity theory.