Simulating the Evolution of Language

Angelo Cangelosi & Domenico Parisi (Eds.)

London: Springer Verlag (2001)

Summary (pdf file)

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of computational models and methodologies used for studying the origin and evolution of language and communication.  With contributions from the most influential figures in the field, Simulating the Evolution of Language presents and summarises current computational approaches to language evolution and highlights new lines of development. Among the main discussion points are:

        Analysis of emerging linguistic behaviours and structures

        Demonstration of the strict interaction and interdependence between language and other non-linguistic abilities

        Direct comparisons between simulation studies and empirical research

Essential reading for researchers and students in the areas of evolutionary and adaptive systems, language evolution, modelling and linguistics, it will also be of particular interest to computer scientists working on multi-agent systems, robotics and internet agents.    


NEW! Review of the book by Alison Wray: Journal of Linguistics, vol. 39(2), pp. 395-400

 

Table of Content (pdf file)

 

PART I     INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Computer Simulation: A New Scientific Approach to the Study of Language Evolution

Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth) & Domenico Parisi (CNR, Rome) 

Chapter 2: An Introduction to Methods for Simulating the Evolution of Language

Huck Turner (University of Plymouth)

 

PART II     EVOLUTION OF SIGNALING SYSTEMS

Chapter 3: Adaptive Factors in the Evolution of Signaling Systems

Jason Noble (University of Leeds), Ezequiel Di Paolo (University of Sussex), Seth Bullock (University of Leeds)

Chapter 4: Evolving Sound Systems

Bart De Boer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Chapter 5: The Evolution of Dialect Diversity

Daniel Livingstone (University of Paisley, UK)

 

PART III     EVOLUTION OF SYNTAX

Chapter 6: The Emergence of Linguistic Structure: An Overview of the Iterated Learning Model

Simon Kirby & Jim Hurford (University of Edinburgh)

Chapter 7: Population Dynamics of Grammar Acquisition

Natalia L. Komarova & Martin A. Nowak (Institute of Advanced Studies, USA)

Chapter 8: The role of sequential learning in language evolution: Computational and experimental studies

Morten Christiansen (Cornell University, USA), Rick A.C. Dale (Cornell University), Michelle R. Ellefson (Southern Illinois University) & Christopher M. Conway (Cornell University)

 

PART IV     GROUNDING OF LANGUAGE

Chapter 9: Symbol Grounding and the Symbolic Theft Hypothesis

Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth), Alberto Greco (University of Genoa) &  Stevan Harnad (University of Southampton)

Chapter 10: Grounding Symbols through Evolutionary Language Games

Luc Steels (SONY CSL, Paris)

 

PART V     BEHAVIORAL AND NEURAL FACTORS

Chapter 11: Grounding the Mirror System Hypothesis for the Evolution of the Language-ready Brain

Michael Arbib (University of Southern California)

Chapter 12: A Unified Simulation Scenario for Language Development, Evolution, and Historical Change

Domenico Parisi (CNR, Rome) & Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth)

 

PART VI     BEHAVIORAL AND NEURAL FACTORS

Chapter 13: Auto-Organisation and Emergence of Shared Language Structure

Edwin Hutchins (University of California at San Diego) & Brian Hazlehurst (Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research,.USA)

Chapter 14: The constructive approach to the dynamical view of language

Takashi Hashimoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

  

PART VII     CONCLUSION

Chapter 15: Some Facts about Primate (including Human) Communication and Social Learning

Michael Tomasello (Emory University, USA)

 

 

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