Expressing Second Order Semantics and the Emergence of Recursion

Joris Bleys

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Although most previous model-based research has not moved beyond first-order semantics,
human languages are clearly capable of expressing second-order semantics: the meanings expressed
in a sentence do not only consist of conjunctions of first-order predicates but also predicates
that take other predicates as an argument. In this paper we report on multi-agent language
game experiments in which agents handle second-order semantics. We focus our discussion on
how this type of research is able to provide fundamental insights in how properties of humanlanguage-
like properties could once have emerged. For recursion, this might have happened as
a side-effect of agents trying to reuse previously learned language structure as much as possible.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Evolution of Language: Evolang 7
RedacteurenAndrew D. M. Smith, Kenny Smith, Ramon Ferrer I Chancho
UitgeverijWorld Scientific Publishing
Aantal pagina's3108
StatusPublished - 2008
EvenementUnknown - Stockholm, Sweden
Duur: 21 sep 200925 sep 2009

Publicatie series

NaamThe Evolution of Language: Evolang 7



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Andrew D. M. Smith and Kenny Smith and Ramon Ferrer i Chancho


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