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Title: The evolutionary language game: An orthogonal approach
Authors: JLENAERTS, Theo
Jansen, B
TUYLS, Karl 
De Vylder, B
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: ACADEMIC PRESS LTD ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Source: JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY, 235(4). p. 566-582
Abstract: Evolutionary game dynamics have been proposed as a mathematical framework for the cultural evolution of language and more specifically the evolution of vocabulary. This article discusses a model that is mutually exclusive in its underlying principals with some previously suggested models. The model describes how individuals in a population culturally acquire a vocabulary by actively participating in the acquisition process instead of passively observing and communicate through peer-to-peer interactions instead of vertical parent-offspring relations. Concretely, a notion of social/cultural learning called the naming game is first abstracted using learning theory. This abstraction defines the required cultural transmission mechanism for an evolutionary process. Second, the derived transmission system is expressed in terms of the well-known selection-mutation model defined in the context of evolutionary dynamics. In this way, the analogy between social learning and evolution at the level of meaning-word associations is made explicit. Although only horizontal and oblique transmission structures will be considered, extensions to vertical structures over different genetic generations can easily be incorporated. We provide a number of simplified experiments to clarify our reasoning. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: Univ Libre Bruxelles, Inst Rech Interdisciplinaires & Dev Intelligence, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. Vrije Univ Brussels, Artificial Intelligence Lab, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. Limburgs Univ Ctr, Theoret Comp Sci Grp, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.Lenaerts, T, Univ Libre Bruxelles, Inst Rech Interdisciplinaires & Dev Intelligence, Ave Franklin Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.tom.lenaerts@ulb.ac.be bartj@arti.vub.ac.be karl.tuyls@luc.ac.be bartdv@arti.vub.ac.be
Keywords: language acquisition; cultural evolution; horizontal transmission; evolutionary dynamics
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2145
ISSN: 0022-5193
e-ISSN: 1095-8541
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2005.02.009
ISI #: 000230145900011
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2006
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