Language origin and the effects of individuals' popularity

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

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Abstract

The emergence of a compositional language with a simple grammar and the effects of individuals' popularity on the phylogeny of language are studied based on a multi-agent computational model. In this model, a bottom-up syntactic development is traced, in which the global syntax in sentences is gradually formed from local sequential information. Assuming that the popularity of individuals follows a power-law distribution, we demonstrate that a common language can emerge efficiently only for certain power-law distributions and that these distributions could also be formed as a result of the language phylogeny.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2006
Pages999-1006
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2006 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 16 Jul 200621 Jul 2006

Conference

Conference2006 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2006
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period16/07/0621/07/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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