Modelling and Language Evolution: Beyond Fact-Free Science

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This paper investigates two pitfalls for computer models of language evolution: fact-free science (models looking for a question to answer) and cargo cult science (models that do not tell us anything that we didn't think already). Three successful lines of research re- lated to computational modeling are investigated: mathematical modeling, experimental iterated learning and reconstruction of language history. It is analyzed why this research has had more impact than computer modeling. It is proposed that attention to what ques- tions are relevant and to methodological rigor are important factors to increase impact.
Originele taal-2English
TitelFive Approaches to Language Evolution: Proceedings of the Workshops of the 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language
RedacteurenL. Mccrohon, T. Fujimura, K. Fujita, R. Martin, K. Okanoya, R. Suzuki, N. Yusa
Aantal pagina's10
StatusPublished - 13 mrt 2012
EvenementUnknown - Kyoto, Japan
Duur: 13 mrt 201216 mrt 2012

Publicatie series

NaamFive Approaches to Language Evolution: Proceedings of the Workshops of the 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language

Conference

ConferenceUnknown
Verkorte titelevolang9
Land/RegioJapan
StadKyoto
Periode13/03/1216/03/12

Bibliografische nota

L. McCrohon, T. Fujimura, K. Fujita, R. Martin, K. Okanoya, R. Suzuki, N. Yusa

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