In this paper, we propose an outline for linguistic research on language change, as observed in the languages of the world, using neural agent-based models of emergent communication. We describe how such models could be used to study morphological simplification, using a case study of language contact in Eastern Indonesia. A neural architecture is used to represent hypothesized cognitive mechanisms of language change: a generalization mechanism, the procedural/declarative model, and a phonological mechanism, the hyper & hypo articulation model, that involves a theory of mind of the listener.
|Publication status||Published - 12 Dec 2020|
|Event||4th NeurIPS Workshop on Emergent Communication: Talking to Strangers: Zero-Shot Emergent Communication - Vancouver, Canada|
Duration: 12 Dec 2020 → 12 Dec 2020
|Workshop||4th NeurIPS Workshop on Emergent Communication|
|Period||12/12/20 → 12/12/20|