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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax$
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Derek Bickerton and Eörs Szathmáry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.001.0001

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What Can Mathematical, Computational, and Robotic Models Tell Us about the Origins of Syntax?

What Can Mathematical, Computational, and Robotic Models Tell Us about the Origins of Syntax?

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(p.385) 18 What Can Mathematical, Computational, and Robotic Models Tell Us about the Origins of Syntax?
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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax
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Jaeger Herbert

Steels Luc

Baronchelli Andrea

Briscoe Ted

H. Christiansen Morten

Griffiths Thomas

Jäger Gerhard

Kirby Simon

L. Komarova Natalia

J. Richerson Peter

Triesch Jochen

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0018

This chapter looks at mathematical and computational modeling approaches to language evolution. After reviewing existing research in this field and suggesting promising novel directions for investigations, it examines the origins of syntax and cultural evolution as well as learning bias and cultural transmission. It then compares different modeling paradigms, including a rigorous mathematical analysis of macroscopic language transmission dynamics and computational (even robotic) studies of complex systems populated by learning agents. It discusses three types of agent-based models: iterated learning models, language game models, and genetic models. The chapter also considers macroscopic models of language evolution and language dynamics before concluding with an analysis of linguistic ontologies.

Keywords:   syntax, language, computational modeling, evolution, learning bias, cultural transmission, language dynamics, linguistic ontologies, agent-based models, macroscopic models

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