Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution

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| ICREA, Institute for Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC), Barcelona and Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris
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The fascinating question of the origins and evolution of language has been drawing a lot of attention recently, not only from linguists, but also from anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and brain scientists. This groundbreaking book explores the cultural side of language evolution. It proposes a new overarching framework based on linguistic selection and self-organization and explores it in depth through sophisticated computer simulations and robotic experiments. Each case study investigates how a particular type of language system can emerge in a population of language game playing agents and how it can continue to evolve in order to cope with changes in ecological conditions. Case studies cover on the one hand the emergence of concepts and words for proper names, color terms, names for bodily actions, spatial terms and multi-dimensional words. The second set of experiments focuses on the emergence of grammar, specifically case grammar for expressing argument structure, functional grammar for expressing different uses of spatial relations, internal agreement systems for marking constituent structure, morphological expression of aspect, and quantifiers expressed as articles. The book is ideally suited as study material for an advanced course on language evolution and it will be of interest to anyone who wonders how human languages may have originated.
[Advances in Interaction Studies, 3]  2012.  xii, 306 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
Luc Steels
vii–xii
Introduction. Self-organization and selection in cultural language evolution
Luc Steels
1–37
Part I. Emergence of perceptually grounded vocabularies
The Grounded Naming Game
Luc Steels and Martin Loetzsch
41–59
Language strategies for color
Joris Bleys
61–85
Emergent mirror systems for body language
Luc Steels and Michael Spranger
87–109
The co-evolution of basic spatial terms and categories
Michael Spranger
111–141
Multi-dimensional meanings in lexicon formation
Pieter Wellens and Martin Loetzsch
143–166
Part II. Emergence of grammatical systems
The evolution of case systems for marking event structure
Remi van Trijp
169–205
Emergent functional grammar for space
Michael Spranger and Luc Steels
207–232
The emergence of internal agreement systems
Katrien Beuls, Luc Steels and Sebastian Höfer
233–256
A language strategy for aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through morphology
Kateryna Gerasymova, Michael Spranger and Katrien Beuls
257–276
The emergence of quantifiers
Simon Pauw and Joseph Hilferty
277–304
Index
305–306
“[...] this volume should be of value to anyone interested in language evolution, in the application of natural languages to robotic agents, and in general linguistic theory.”
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Interaction Studies

Interaction Studies
BIC Subject: CFX – Computational linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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