Grammar structure and the dynamics of language evolution

Yoosook Lee, Travis C. Collier, Gregory M. Kobele, Edward P. Stabler, Charles E. Taylor

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Abstract

The complexity, variation, and change of languages make evident the importance of representation and learning in the acquisition and evolution of language. For example, analytic studies of simple language in unstructured populations have shown complex dynamics, depending on the fidelity of language transmission. In this study we extend these analysis of evolutionary dynamics to include grammars inspired by the principles and parameters paradigm. In particular, the space of languages is structured so that some pairs of languages are more similar than others, and mutations tend to change languages to nearby variants. We found that coherence emerges with lower learning fidelity than predicted by earlier work with an unstructured language space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages624-633
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event8th European Conference on Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2005 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 5 2005Sep 9 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3630 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other8th European Conference on Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period9/5/059/9/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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