A simulation study exploring the role of cultural transmission in language evolution
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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.
All Author(s) ListGong T., Minett J.W., Wang W.S.-Y.
Journal nameConnection Science
Volume Number22
Issue Number1
PublisherCarfax Publishing Ltd.
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages69 - 85
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsComputational simulation, Conventionalisation, Cultural transmission, Language evolution

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