A simulative study of the roles of cultural transmission in language evolution

Tao Gong, James W. Minett, William Shi Yuan Wang

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A multi-agent computational model is proposed to simulate language evolution in an acquisition framework. This framework involves many major forms of cultural transmission, and the simulation results of the model systematically examine the role of cultural transmission In language emergence and maintenance. In addition, this study discusses the effects of conventionalization during horizontal transmission on diffusing linguistic innovations, maintaining high levels of linguistic understandability, and triggering inevitable changes in the communal languages across generations. All these reflect that conventionalization could be a self-organizing property of the human communication system that drives language evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: 25 Sep 200728 Sep 2007


Conference2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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