Computational exploration on language emergence and cultural dissemination

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

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review


Evolutionary computation is used to explore the emergence of language, focusing particularly on the intrinsic relationship between the lexicon and syntax, and the exogenous relationship between language use and cultural development. A multi-agent model traces a coevolution of the lexicon and syntax, and demonstrates that linguistic and some distance constrain on communications can trigger and maintain cultural heterogeneity. This model also traces an optimization process using evolutionary mechanisms based on local information. Certain mechanisms in this model, such as recurrent pattern extraction, strength-based competition and indirect feedback, can be generalized to study robot learning, optimization and other evolutionary phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE CEC 2005. Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE CEC 2005 - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20055 Sep 2005


Conference2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE CEC 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh, Scotland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this