The Emergence of Compositionality, Hierarchy and Recursion in Peer-to-Peer Interactions

Joachim De Beule

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It is argued that compositionality, hierarchy and recursion, generally acknowledged to be universal features of human languages, can be explained as being emergent properties of the complex
dynamics governing the establishment and evolution of a language in a population of language
users, mainly on an intra-generational time scale, rather than being the result of a genetic selection process leading to a specialized language faculty that imposes those features upon language
or than being mainly a cross-generational cultural phenomenon. This claim is supported with
results from a computational language game experiment in which a number of autonomous
software agents bootstrap a common compositional and recursive language.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Evolution of Language
RedacteurenA. D. M. Smith, K. Smith, R. Ferrer-i-cancho
StatusPublished - 2008
EvenementUnknown -
Duur: 1 jan 2008 → …

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NaamProceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Evolution of Language

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Periode1/01/08 → …

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A. D. M. Smith, K. Smith, R. Ferrer-i-Cancho

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