Building social cognitive models of language change

  title={Building social cognitive models of language change},
  author={Daniel J. Hruschka and Morten H. Christiansen and Richard A. Blythe and W. Bruce Croft and Shana Poplack},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},

Figures and Tables from this paper

How Efficiency Shapes Human Language
On cognition and communication in usage-based models of language change
This article discusses eight theoretical aspects of usage-based models on language and language change from the perspectives of Cognitive Linguistics and a sociological model of communication: the
The role of cognitive factors on the development and evolution of the vocabulary
This thesis aims to explore how psycholinguistic factors can play a pivotal role in the way that the human lexicon is structured. Recent approaches to studying language have been heavily influenced
Running head : HOW EFFICIENCY SHAPES HUMAN LANGUAGE 1 How Efficiency Shapes Human Language
Cognitive science applies diverse tools and perspectives to study human language. Recently, an exciting body of work has examined linguistic phenomena through the lens of efficiency in usage: what
Language change and language evolution: Cousins, siblings, twins?
Abstract The relationship between “language change” and “language evolution” has recently become subject to some debate regarding the scope of both concepts. It has been claimed that while the latter
Symmetry and Universality in Language Change
We investigate mechanisms for language change within a framework where an unconventional signal for a meaning is first innovated, and then subsequently propagated through a speech community to
The emergence of word order and morphology in compositional languages via multigenerational signaling games
Multigenerational signaling games (MGSGs) are introduced as a new experimental paradigm for investigating how simple compositional languages emerge and change during transmission across generations in a diffusion chain, where each transmission step requires coordination between sender and receiver in a signaling game.
Multi-scale resolution of neural, cognitive and social systems
The thesis invokes a paradigm, the reciprocal constraints paradigm, that was designed to leverage the interdependence between the social and cognitive levels of scale for the purpose of building cognitive and social simulations with better resolution.
Momentum in Language Change: A Model of Self-Actuating S-shaped Curves
Like other socially transmitted traits, human languages undergo cultural evolution. While humans can replicate linguistic conventions to a high degree of fidelity, sometimes established conventions


Language Acquisition Meets Language Evolution
It is argued that understanding the acquisition of any cultural form, whether linguistic or otherwise, during development, requires considering the corresponding question of how that cultural form arose through processes of cultural evolution, which helps resolve the "logical" problem of language acquisition.
Variation, Selection, Development: Probing the Evolutionary Model of Language Change
This volume offers a rich spectrum of ways to elucidate these questions, confronting studies from the perspective of historical and creole linguistics with research in Artificial Intelligence and mathematical modelling of language change.
Iterated Learning: A Framework for the Emergence of Language
Two models are presented, based upon the iterated learning framework, which show that the poverty of the stimulus available to language learners leads to the emergence of linguistic structure.
Cultural route to the emergence of linguistic categories
This work addresses the question of whether categories simply mirror an underlying structure of nature or instead come from the complex interactions of human beings among themselves and with the environment by modeling a population of individuals who co-evolve their own system of symbols and meanings by playing elementary language games.
Explaining language change : an evolutionary approach
An evolutionary model of language change some theories of language change in an evolutionary framework a theory of language meaning in use form-function re-analysis interference, intraference and
Language change across the lifespan: /r/ in Montreal French
We address the articulation between language change in the historical sense and language change as experienced by individual speakers through a trend and panel study of the change from apical to
Peaks Beyond Phonology: Adolescence, Incrementation, and Language Change
What is the mechanism by which a linguistic change advances across successive generations of speakers? We explore this question by using the model of incrementation provided in Labov 2001 and
Human language as a culturally transmitted replicator
  • M. Pagel
  • Biology
    Nature Reviews Genetics
  • 2009
For many comparative questions of anthropology and human behavioural ecology, historical processes estimated from linguistic phylogenies may be more relevant than those estimated from genes.
Modeling language change: An evaluation of Trudgill's theory of the emergence of New Zealand English
Abstract Trudgill (2004) proposed that the emergence of New Zealand English, and of isolated new dialects generally, is purely deterministic. It can be explained solely in terms of the frequency of
Language as shaped by the brain.
This work concludes that a biologically determined UG is not evolutionarily viable, and suggests that apparently arbitrary aspects of linguistic structure may result from general learning and processing biases deriving from the structure of thought processes, perceptuo-motor factors, cognitive limitations, and pragmatics.