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Article: A simulation study exploring the role of cultural transmission in language evolution

TitleA simulation study exploring the role of cultural transmission in language evolution
Authors
KeywordsComputational simulation
Conventionalisation
Cultural transmission
Language evolution
Issue Date2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09540091.asp
Citation
Connection Science, 2010, v. 22 n. 1, p. 69-85 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper proposes a language acquisition framework that includes both intra-generational transmission among children and inter-generational transmission between adults and children. A multi-agent computational model that adopts this framework is designed to evaluate the relative roles of these forms of cultural transmission in language evolution. It is shown that intra-generational transmission helps accelerate the convergence of linguistic knowledge and introduce changes in the communal language, while inter-generational transmission helps preserve an initial language to a certain extent. Due to conventionalisation during transmission, both forms of transmission collectively achieve a dynamic equilibrium of language evolution: On short time-scales, good understandability is maintained among individuals across generations; in the long run, language change is inevitable. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167002
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.125
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.390
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dc.contributor.authorGong, Ten_HK
dc.contributor.authorMinett, JWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWang, WSYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-28T02:27:44Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-28T02:27:44Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationConnection Science, 2010, v. 22 n. 1, p. 69-85en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0954-0091en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167002-
dc.description.abstractThis paper proposes a language acquisition framework that includes both intra-generational transmission among children and inter-generational transmission between adults and children. A multi-agent computational model that adopts this framework is designed to evaluate the relative roles of these forms of cultural transmission in language evolution. It is shown that intra-generational transmission helps accelerate the convergence of linguistic knowledge and introduce changes in the communal language, while inter-generational transmission helps preserve an initial language to a certain extent. Due to conventionalisation during transmission, both forms of transmission collectively achieve a dynamic equilibrium of language evolution: On short time-scales, good understandability is maintained among individuals across generations; in the long run, language change is inevitable. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09540091.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofConnection Scienceen_HK
dc.subjectComputational simulationen_HK
dc.subjectConventionalisationen_HK
dc.subjectCultural transmissionen_HK
dc.subjectLanguage evolutionen_HK
dc.titleA simulation study exploring the role of cultural transmission in language evolutionen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGong, T: tgong@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09540090903198819en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume22en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.identifier.spage69en_HK
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