Emergence of Communication and Language

Editors: Lyon, Caroline, Nehaniv, Chrystopher L., Cangelosi, Angelo (Eds.)

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Old questions on the origins of language and communication are illuminated here in new, state-of-the-art research.

This volume brings together studies from diverse disciplines, showing how they can inform and stimulate each other. It includes work in linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and computer science. New empirical work is reported on both human and animal communication, using some novel techniques that have only recently become viable.

A principal theme is the importance of studies involving artificial agents, their contribution to the body of knowledge on the emergence of communication and language, and the role of simulations in exploring some of the most significant issues. A number of different synthetic systems are described, demonstrating how communication can emerge in natural and artificial organisms. Theories on the origins of language are supported by computational and robotic experiments.

Worldwide contributors to this volume include some of the most influential figures in the field, delivering essential reading for researchers and graduates in the area, as well as providing fascinating insights for a wider readership.

Caroline Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research and publications include work on the evolution of language, speech recognition, applications of neural networks and textual analysis. Chrystopher L. Nehaniv is Research Professor of Mathematical and Evolutionary Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire and Director of the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Network on Evolvability in Biological and Software Systems. Angelo Cangelosi is Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Cognition at the University of Plymouth. He is the editor of Simulating the Evolution of Language (Springer, 2002).

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nehaniv, Chrystopher L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Evolving Meaning: The Roles of Kin Selection, Allomothering and Paternal Care in Language Evolution

    Fitch, W. Tecumseh

    Pages 29-51

  • ‘Needs only’ Analysis in Linguistic Ontogeny and Phylogeny

    Wray, Alison

    Pages 53-70

  • Clues from Information Theory Indicating a Phased Emergence of Grammar

    Lyon, Caroline (et al.)

    Pages 71-85

  • Emergence of a Communication System: International Sign

    Rosenstock, Rachel

    Pages 87-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emergence of Communication and Language
Editors
  • Caroline Lyon
  • Chrystopher L. Nehaniv
  • Angelo Cangelosi
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-779-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84628-779-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84628-491-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84996-610-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 438
Number of Illustrations and Tables
89 b/w illustrations
Topics