Complex Adaptive Systems and the Origins of Adaptive Structure: What Experiments Can Tell Us

@article{Cornish2009ComplexAS,
  title={Complex Adaptive Systems and the Origins of Adaptive Structure: What Experiments Can Tell Us},
  author={Hannah Cornish and Monica Tamariz and Simon Kirby},
  journal={Language Learning},
  year={2009},
  volume={59},
  pages={187-205}
}
Language is a product of both biological and cultural evolution. Clues to the origins of key structural properties of language can be found in the process of cultural transmission between learners. Recent experiments have shown that iterated learning by human participants in the laboratory transforms an initially unstructured artificial language into one containing regularities that make the system more learnable and stable over time. Here, we explore the process of iterated learning in more… 

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