- Full Description
This book brings together work on the emergence of communication and language drawing on diverse disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and computer science. Computational simulations of the emergence of phenomena associated with communication and language play a key role in illuminating some of the most significant issues, and the renewed scientific interest in language emergence has benefited greatly from research in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Starting with a road map chapter pointing to the ways in which disparate disciplines can inform and stimulate each other, this book examines the role of simulations as a novel way to express theories in science, and their contribution to the development of a new approach to the study of the emergence of communication and language. Worldwide contributors report on the results at the forefront of this interdisciplinary field and deliver state-of-the-art research and essential reading for researchers and graduates.
- Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- From the contents Current Work and Open Problems.
- Section 1: Empirical Investigations on Human Language. 'Needs only' Analysis in Linguistic Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Clues from Information Theory Indicating a Phased Emergence of Grammar. Emergence of a Communication System.
- Distributed Language.
- Section 2: Synthesis of Communication and Language in Artificial Systems. The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins. Communication in Natural and Artificial Organisms. From Vocal Replication to Shared Combinatorial Speech Codes. Lexical Acquisition with and without Metacommunication. Agent Based Modelling of Communication Costs. Language Change and the Inference of Meaning. Language, Perceptual Categories and their Interaction.
- Section 3: Insights from Animal Communication. A Possible Role for Selective Masking in the Evolution of Complex, Learned Communication Systems The Natural History of Human Language. Neural Substrates for String
- Context Mutual Segmentation.