LINGUIST List 17.53

Tue Jan 10 2006

Media: The Economist: Looking for a Sign

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Directory         1.    Simona Fina, The Economist: Looking for a Sign


Message 1: The Economist: Looking for a Sign
Date: 23-Dec-2005
From: Simona Fina <simona.finacredit-suisse.com>
Subject: The Economist: Looking for a Sign


In the Nov 10th issue of the Economist there was an interesting article about how languages are created under experimental conditions. A scientist, Bruno Galantucci, developed a game where players are required to originate a novel human communication system in the context of a joint activity and with no preestablished conventions to rely upon.

'Looking for a sign. People can communicate without agreeing on the meaning of the terms'

http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5135495

Galantucci's paper is available at:

http://www.haskins.yale.edu/Haskins/STAFF/galantucci2005reprint1



Kind regards, Simona Fina

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science