Conventionalization of linguistic categories under simple communicative constraints

Tao Gong, Andrea Puglisi, Vittorio Loreto, William Shi Yuan Wang

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Abstract

The language game approach is widely adopted to study conventionalization of linguistic knowledge. Most of contemporary models concentrate on the dynamics of language games in random or predefined social structures, but neglect the role of communicative constraints. This paper adopts one form of language games, the category game, to discuss whether some simple distance-related communicative constraint may affect the conventionalization of linguistic categories. By comparing the simulation results with those based on another form of language games, the naming game, we point out some essential differences between these two games which cause their distinct performances under the same communicative constraint. This study fills the gap between the dynamics of language games in random structures and that in complex networks, and suggests that internal properties of language games may reversely influence communicative constraints and social structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2008
Pages1686-1693
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2008 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Jun 20086 Jun 2008

Conference

Conference2008 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2008
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period1/06/086/06/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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