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LINGUIST List 23.1182

Thu Mar 08 2012

Books: Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution: Steels (Ed)

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Date: 08-Mar-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution: Steels (Ed)
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Title: Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution
Series Title: Advances in Interaction Studies 3
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/ais.3

Editor: Luc Steels
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274953 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274953 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204561 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204561 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204561 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

The fascinating question of the origins and evolution of language has been
drawing a lot of attention recently, not only from linguists, but also from
anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and brain scientists. This
groundbreaking book explores the cultural side of language evolution. It
proposes a new overarching framework based on linguistic selection and self-
organization and explores it in depth through sophisticated computer
simulations and robotic experiments. Each case study investigates how a
particular type of language system can emerge in a population of language
game playing agents and how it can continue to evolve in order to cope with
changes in ecological conditions. Case studies cover on the one hand the
emergence of concepts and words for proper names, color terms, names for
bodily actions, spatial terms and multi-dimensional words. The second set of
experiments focuses on the emergence of grammar, specifically case
grammar for expressing argument structure, functional grammar for
expressing different uses of spatial relations, internal agreement systems for
marking constituent structure, morphological expression of aspect, and
quantifiers expressed as articles.

The book is ideally suited as study material for an advanced course on
language evolution and it will be of interest to anyone who wonders how
human languages may have originated.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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