Exploring social structure effect on language evolution based on a computational model
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AbstractA compositionality-regularity coevolution model is adopted to explore the effect of social structure on language emergence and maintenance. Based on this model, we explore language evolution in three experiments, and discuss the role of a popular agent in language evolution, the relationship between mutual understanding and social hierarchy, and the effect of inter-community communications and that of simple linguistic features on convergence of communal languages in two communities. This work embodies several important interactions during social learning, and introduces a new approach that manipulates individuals' probabilities to participate in social interactions to study the effect of social structure. We hope it will stimulate further theoretical and empirical explorations on language evolution in a social environment.
All Author(s) ListGong T, Minett JW, Wang WSY
Name of Conference9th European Conference on Artificial Life
Start Date of Conference10/09/2007
End Date of Conference14/09/2007
Place of ConferenceLisbon
Journal nameConnection Science
Volume Number20
Issue Number2-3
PublisherTaylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Pages135 - 153
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordscomputational simulation; language evolution; power-law distribution; social structure
Web of Science Subject CategoriesComputer Science; Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence; COMPUTER SCIENCE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE; Computer Science, Theory & Methods; COMPUTER SCIENCE, THEORY & METHODS

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